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Founding general secretary of NCP Pushpa Lal Shrestha, 41st memorial day celebrates today

KATHMANDU: The 41st Memorial Day of Pushpa Lal Shrestha, founding general secretary of Nepal Communist Party, is being observed across the country with a variety of programmes today. Born on Asar 15, 1981 BS in Bhangeri in Ramechhap district, Shrestha, who fought all his life for democracy, established the NCP on April 22, 2006.

He also translated the Communist Manifesto in Nepali and published it in 2005 BS. He died on July 22, 1978 at now Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in India.

Shrestha was the first leader to propose a ‘joint people’s movement agenda’ against the autocratic Panchayati rule in 2025 B.S. It was eventually adopted to bring down the Panchayati regime in 1990.

Along with an efficient and able politician, Pushpa Lal was also well versed in history, sociology and anthropology. He is also credited to have reorganized the Nepal Communist Party during his underground life following the 2017 coup, while continuing to justify the need and rationale of a joint people’s movement.

Marking the Memorial Day, the ruling Communist Party of Nepal is hosting a special event at Pushpa Lal Memorial Park, Champadevi today. Prime Minister and CPN Chair KP Sharma Oli and another Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ are scheduled to take part in the programme. The government has also established a national prize in honour of Pushpa Lal. Likewise, the under-construction Mid-hill Highway has been named after the late leader.

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