Democ­racy Day ob­served with­out pub­lic en­thu­si­asm

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The 68th Democ­racy Day was ob­served on Mon­day in Kathmandu and the pro­vin­cial head­quar­ters by or­gan­is­ing var­i­ous pro­grammes at the gov­ern­ment lev­els. How­ever, pub­lic en­thu­si­asm in the na­tional event was not no­ticed. This was the first Democ­racy Day marked af­ter ful­fill­ing the ma­jor de­mand—run­ning state af­fairs as per the con­sti­tu­tion drafted by peo­ple's repres­net­taives—raised dur­ing the his­toric rev­o­lu­tion of 1951 that ush­ered in democ­racy by end­ing the fam­ily Rana rule. Democ­racy Day is marked on Fal­gun 7 to com­mem­o­rate the es­tab­lish­ment of democ­racy by over­throw­ing the Rana rule. A posh pro­gramme was or­gan­ised at Nepal Army Pavil­ion of Tundikhel in pres­ence of Pres­i­dent Bidya Devi Bhan­dari while in the prov­inces cer­e­monies were or­gan­ised un­der the chair­man­ship of chief min­is­ters. Ad­dress­ing the main Democ­racy Day func­tion of Kathmandu, Prime Min­is­ter K. P. Sharma Oli ap­pealed to all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and peo­ple to join hands to start a jour­ney to­wards eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, pros­per­ity, good gov­er­nance and so­cial jus­tice. “I urge one and all to join hands for the ef­fec­tive mo­bil­i­sa­tion of avail­able means and re­sources in or­der to serve the larger in­ter­est of Nepal and the Nepalis and ac­com­plish this re­spon­si­bil­ity,” the Prime Min­is­ter said. He re­called Fe­bru­ary 18, 1951 (Fal­gun 7, 2007 BS) as a his­toric day, stat­ing that democ­racy was ush­ered in on that day by over­throw­ing the 104-year-old Rana oli­garchy. “The rev­o­lu­tion of 1951 in­spired the peo­ple to re­store their rights that had been snatched away at dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods, launch the po­lit­i­cal move­ments of 1990 and 2006 by fac­ing tor­ture and pain and sac­ri­fice their lives and es­tab­lish a demo­cratic re­pub­lic,” the Prime Min­is­ter said. On the oc­ca­sion, he paid trib­utes to all the mar­tyrs who had laid down their lives to usher in democ­racy in the rev­o­lu­tion of 1951 and other po­lit­i­cal move­ments held there­after. “Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful hold­ing of all the elec­tions, gov­ern­ments at all three lev­els have ac­cord­ingly been formed. The gov­ern­ment at the cen­tre will be given full shape soon. Now the time has come to work for real­is­ing the peo­ple's long-cher­ished as­pi­ra­tions for po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity, de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity,” Prime Min­is­ter Oli, who had read out writ­ten speech, said. “Our mis­sion, now, will be to up­hold peo­ple's sovereignty, pro­tect na­tional in­ter­est and unity, strengthen the rule of law and good gov­er­nance, and achieve sta­bil­ity, de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity,” he said. “I heartily in­vite all Nepali brothers and sis­ters at home and abroad to come for­ward and con­tribute to the de­vel­op­ment, progress and pros­per­ity of the na­tion,” he added. Be­sides Pres­i­dent Bidya Devi Bhan­dari, Vice Pres­i­dent Nanda Ba­hadur Pun, Chief Jus­tice Gopal Para­juli, min­is­ters, chiefs of con­sti­tu­tional bod­ies and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of diplo­matic mis­sions were present at the func­tion. The 68th Democ­racy Day was also marked at the head­quar­ters of the seven prov­inces by or­gan­is­ing ral­lies and other pro­grammes.

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