KATHMANDU – Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today attended a ceremony organised marking the 98th birth anniversary of noted leader Krishna Prasad Bhattarai who is known as Kishunji in the Nepalese political sphere.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Gyan Mahayagya, a religious event, held in the Badegaun Ashram. The Prime Minister performed the ‘sankalpa puja’ and ‘deep prajjwalan’, the lamp lighting ceremony.
Former minister and NC vice president Purna Bahadur Khadka, former ministers Sharat Singh Bhandari and Omkar Prasad Shrestha, Godavari municipality chief Gajendra Maharjan, deputy mayor Muna Adhikari, Chief District Officer Jay Narayan Acharya, SSP Yagya Binod Pokhrel and Nepali Congress president Jitendra Kumar Shrestha were there to welcome the Prime Minister to the Ashram built in commemoration of the late leader.
The Mahayagya will continue until December 13, according to main priest Ram Chandra Timalsina. Bhattarai was the Speaker of the lower house following the first parliamentary election in 1959 and was the Prime Minister in the interim Council of Ministers formed following the 1990’s political movement. He was twice elected the Prime Minister from May 31, 1999 to March 22, 2000.
Bhattarai had been with the Nepalese politics since the formation of the Nepali Congress in 2003 BS and was the commander of the Liberation Army mobilised to undertake the Janakpur-Udaypur seize mission during the armed revolution in 2007 BS.
The veteran democratic fighter has his incomparable contribution to the democratic movements in the country and the entire politics. He had passed away on March 4, 2011.