Chitwan, January 10, 2017:Â Prime Minister and CPN MaoistÂ Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said Nepal would not have existed if King Prithvi Narayan Shah had not unified it over 250 years ago.
Inaugurating the council meeting of the Bharatpur Sub-Metropolitan City in Chitwan today, the Maoist leader, who led a decade-long warÂ to abolish the monarchy, said the King had a significant contribution to establishing Nepalâ€™s independence in the world.
â€œIf Nepal was not strong and powerful enough then as the Britain was conquering small principalities in India to establish a big empire,â€ he said, â€œIts existence would vanish from the history.â€
The Maoist leader, however, maintained that Shah was just an agent who fulfilled the historical need.
â€œIf he did not play the role, there would be someone else,â€ he said, â€œIt was a historical need.â€
Meanwhile, Dahal said demands for aÂ public holiday on the birth anniversary of Prithvi Narayan to celebrate it as the National Unity Day should be addressed in a political understanding.
â€œI will take initiatives to find an appropriate conclusion after holding discussions at the political level.â€
With public holiday on the day and paying tributes to the founding father of modern Nepal, Poush 27 of Nepali calendarâ€“which is tomorrow this yearâ€“was marked as Prithvi Jayanti and National Unity Day till 2007 when the interim government decided not to observe King Prithvi Narayan Shahâ€™s birth anniversary.
ByÂ Tilak Ram Rimal