BUTWAL: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Saturday hosted the national flag to commemorate the victory of the then Nepal Army over British troops in Jitgadhi fort in Butawal around 200 years ago, amid a program here.
He also unveiled the life size statute of Ujir Singh Thapa, commander of the then Nepali Army, who fought and won the battle.
On the occasion, the PM said the government was focusing on maintaining peace, security and good governance – main ingredients for country’s development. “The country’s identity should be established. So, we have put forward the goal of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalis’,” he said. On government’s performance, he took the tasks of taking along constitution’s enforcement and development activities simultaneously as its achievements. “The government is working to build the nation and establish good governance. But some are trying to establish themselves as rebels by trying to spread rumours among the people against the government.”
Lauding bravery of the fighter Ujir Singh, he said, “he (Singh) fought for the country. So he is worthy for admiration.” He also praised the construction of the statue of Singh in recognition of his bravery and contribution to the country.
On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwor Pokharel felt proud of the history of Nepal, which was never-ever rueld by other forces and remained independent.
“Nepal never got taken over. It won every battle. So Jitgadhi is also a historical chapter in the country’s history,” he said, adding that efforts had been initiated to conserve such historical places.
State-5 chief minister Shankar Pokharel stressed the need for conserving such historical places by declaring them as heritage sites. Former Finance Minister and general secretary of Nepal Communist Party Bishnu Prasad Poudel pledged to conserve and develop Jitgadhi carrying a history witjh pride.
Nepal Congress leader and former minister Bal Krishna Khand drew the attention of the government to maintain law and order in the country.
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