Purushottam Dhakal, Los Angeles: In the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected Mayor, Vice-Mayor and Councilman of Indian Head City organized at Village Green Pavilion the Vice–Mayor Kiran Sitoula wore Nepali National dress Daura Suruwal. Mr. Sitoula is the first person to take oath in America on traditional Nepali national costume, Charles County’s Sharon Hancock administers oath to Mr. Sitoula.
In the program to newly elected Mayor Brandon Paulin and Councilman Curtis Smith Mr. Sitoula gave Nepali traditional cap “Dhaka Topi” saying it is a gift from Nepal.
Bishakha Oli, and Kritika Oli pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, to the newly elected mayor, deputy-mayor and councilman. Both the girls were in the armed get-up where Vhisakha was in navy cadet uniform and Kritika was in navy league uniform.The Nepali embassy family , Honorary Consul of Pennsylvania and Mary land, representative of different organizations , journalists , family members, relatives and well wisher of Mr. Sitoula were present in the swearing ceremony.
The participants of Nepali communities were surprised to see Mr. Sitoula wearing Nepali national dress,daura suruwal and topi, in the program. They remarked that he set an example to consolidate the love, good will and nationality far away from the motherland too and it need to be noted.
In the recently held election at Indian Head City, he has defeated 4 other candidates and got elected as vice –mayor for another 4 years. 41 years old Sitoula has migrated to America 21 years back, in the election, he got the favor of the local white and African American equally.
Newly elected vice- mayor remarked that he does have a key role while formulating plans and policies of the city as there is only three votes. As majority can be obtained from his vote,he is confident that he could do his best for the favor of betterment and welfare of the Indian Head City. Mr. Sitoula is currently working as MD at Revenue Department of Information Service at Obama Care Project.
Mr. Sitoula is neither associated to any Nepali political Parties nor associated with NRN, he remarked that to serve the society there should be clean politics. As being in America, we should involve in American Politics rather than Nepali he further added. He told us that now onwards he will be concentrating on the mainstream American politics and he took the swearing day as a gateway towards its journey.
The newly elected vice-mayor told us that as Nepal is getting ruined by the destructive earthquake wearing the traditional national costume at this time I want to convey the message that we are always with the motherland pain and sorrow .
:: Photo Source: Bijaya Thapa
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