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6th Republic Day being observed with fanfare

KATHMANDU: Although the achievements of the people’s uprising of 2006 are gradually being lost sixth Republic Day is being observed amid various programs across the country and among the Nepali Diaspora abroad on Wednesday.

The Republic Day is observed on 15th of Jestha as per the Nepali calendar every year to mark the day when the first meeting of the elected Constituent Assembly declared Nepal a Republic and abolished the 240-year old monarchy.

President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Paramananda Jha, Chief of Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi participated in a special function organized at the Army Pavilion in the capital to commemorate the day.

However representatives of Civil Society boycotted the formal function organized by the government.

Meanwhile, the government has announced public holiday to mark the day. In his message issued on the Republic Day President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has said that the country is yet to adopt a reliable way towards prosperity due to the failure to institutionalize the political changes and achievements of the 2006 people’s movement.

Dr. Yadav has said the only task to be done at the moment to ensure the Nepali people’s bright future is to hold CA elections in a free and fair atmosphere and draft a democratic/republican constitution from the CA.

Dr. Yadav, in the message, has also extended best wishes to all Nepali brothers and sisters at home and abroad on the occasion of the Republic Day and extended heartfelt tributes, and respect towards the great martyrs who sacrificed their lives for justice, equality and a democratic system.

Likewise, Vice-president Parmanand Jha has stressed the urgent need to further consolidate the republic, and democratic system established as a result of the continuous struggle for civil rights by the sovereign Nepalis for a long time.

On the occasion, the Vice-president has also wished for the happiness, peace and continued progress of all Nepali brothers and sisters living inside and outside the country.

In a similar message, Chairperson of the Interim Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi has wished that the Republic Day 2013 may inspire all Nepalis to become united and work towards institutionalizing the federal democratic republic.

“We now have a great responsibility of holding the CA elections as the previous CA was dissolved without promulgating the new constitution in five years time”, he has said in the message.

Regmi has also said that the Government was working honestly to hold the elections, and called for unity among all to realize the goal of drafting a new constitution as per the people’s aspiration and need.

Likewise, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal NC President Sushil Koirala also expressed best wishes on the occasion.

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