Kathmandu, Jan 24: A week-long Martyr’s Day has begun today in memory of known and unknown martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of democracy and freedom.
Today, the first day of the week-long programme, former Prime Minister, Kirti Nidhi Bista, garlanded the statue of martyr Shukra Raj Joshi ‘Shastri’ at Pulchowk in Lalitpur.
At the programme organised by the Martyr Memorial Committee, Central Office, Lalitpur, the former Prime Minister expressed that political parties should promulgate the new constitution as soon as possible as per the wish of the people through consensus, so that martyrs’ dream would be translated into reality.
Similarly, historian Prof Dr Shreeram Upadhyay stressed that the political leaders should take the country towards the path of economic and social developments by promulgating the new constitution by rising above the personal and party interests.
Committee Chairman Durga Bahadur Shrestha said that the new constitution should be promulgated ensuring the rights of oppressed communities after institutionalizing the achievements as democracy, republicanism, inclusion and secularism.
The Committee would organise different programmes including blood donation, and condolence assembly till January 30 under the week-long programme.
Shastri, born on Bhadra 13, 1950BS in Lalitpur district, was executed on 10 Magh, 1997 BS by then Rana rulers, charging he had run political activities against the Rana regime.
Meanwhile, A Civic Coordination Committee on Martyrs, Disabled, and the Concerned, Kathmandu, organized a condolence programme at different places in memory of the martyrs.
The Committee organized a condolence gathering in memory of martyrs Shukraraj Shastri, Dharmabhakta Mathema, Gangalal Shretha and Dasharath Chanda Thakur on the first day of the Martyrs’ Week at the street nearby Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar today.
They paid homage to the great martyrs and pointed out the need of installing the statues of four major martyrs at the four corners of Tundikhel.
Present on the occasion were Sadhya Bahadur Bhandari, JB Dhaulakoti, Baburam Singh Thapa, Gyanendra Aran, RP Parajuli, Bikas KC, Bhawan Bidrohi among others and they said that the contributions of the martyrs should be respected forever not for making it as a ladder for power and position.