Thapa’s last rites with state honour today

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Thapa’s last rites with state honour today

Apr 16, 2015-

The last rites of former Prime Minister and Rastriya Prajatantra Party leader Surya Bahadur Thapa will be performed with state honour at Pashupati Aryaghat in Kathmandu on Friday, the government said.

An honour and salute will be bestowed by security personnel at Aryaghat while conducting the last rites. Thapa, 88, died in course of treatment at Medanta Hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday night. He was suffering from cancer.

A Cabinet meeting on Thursday also announced a public holiday for Friday in honour of the late leader who was also the oldest member of the Constituent Assembly. Likewise, national flags will be placed half mast across the country and Nepali missions abroad.

Thapa had served as prime minister for five times--thrice during the Panchayat regime and twice after the establishment of the democracy.

Thapa’s body was brought to the Capital from India on Thursday. According to his party sources, the body will be kept at his Maligaun-based residence on Thursday and will be taken to the Dasharath Stadium for the general public to pay tribute before conducting the last rites in Aryaghat on Friday.

PM, leaders offer condolences

Leaders of various political spectrum have offered condolences saying Thapa’s demise was an irreparable loss to the country. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said Nepali polity has lost an ambitious, brave and determined leader who happily accepted changes. “Thapa was a very steadfast and liberal leader,” said the PM in his obituary message. Similarly, Nepali Congress also issued a statement expressing grief over Thapa’s demise, saying that the nation has lost a very seasoned politician at a time when efforts are under way to draft a new constitution.

CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said Thapa was a well-known and prestigious politician who always remained active in politics for the past six decades. Likewise, Congress leader and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said he is saddened by Thapa’s demise and that it is an irreparable loss to the country.

Similarly, UCPN (Maoist) leader and former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said an era of Nepali politics has ended with the demise of Thapa. “The nation has lost a experienced politician while I lost a very good friend and reliable guardian,” he said.

Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat also expressed his deep sorrow on the demise of Thapa saying he was an important pillar of Nepali politics. Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa said with Thapa’s death, the country lost a guardian and far-sighted leader with multifaceted personality.

Indian PM expresses grief

KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the passing away of Nepal’s former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa. Modi expressed grief on Thapa’s demise and extended condolences to the bereaved family, said a brief statement posted in PMO India’s Twitter handle. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited the Medanta Hospital on Thursday morning to pay tribute to the late leader. His body was brought to Kathmandu on Thursday evening. (PR)

Dhankuta mourns leader’s demise

BINOD GHIMIRE

DHANKUTA, APRIL 16

Rastriya Prajatantra Party activists, well-wishers and local residents gathered at the party office at Upper Kopche in Dhankuta district headquarters on Thursday to grieve Surya Bahadur Thapa’s demise. People in Thapa’s birthplace Muga VDC were also mourning his death.

Remembering his unparalleled contributions to the district, the mourners shedding tears said Thapa was a competent leader with the capability and skills to lead the nation towards development. Thapa had played an active role in the construction of the 52 kilometre Dharan-Dhankuta road and the establishment of Pakhribas Agricultural Research Centre, drinking water supply project, health and educational facilities, among others, in the district. Talking about his stature in politics, the party’s district chairperson Kumar Bahadur Thapa said leaders, both from the ruling and opposing blocs, always sought Thapa’s opinion for initiating any political movement.

Thapa had a long political career and served as prime minister for five terms besides holding several

ministerial posts from 1960-1968. Thapa, 88, died during treatment at Medanta Hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday night. He is survived by three daughters and a son.

Published: 17-04-2015 09:13

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