KATHMANDU, Jan 12: The 298th Prithvi Jayanti was marked amidst public enthusiasm across the country on Sunday with leaders of different political parties demanding that the government grant public holiday on Poush 27.
Meanwhile, Republic daily writes: cCairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Kamal Thapa on Sunday demanded the government to issue currency notes with the portrait of late Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal.
Addressing a tea reception hosted by RPP to mark the 298th birth anniversary of late Shah, Thapa urged the government to bring current notes with the portrait of Shah to promote the feeling of national unity among the Nepalis.
“I appeal to the government to announce Poush 27 as public holiday to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prithvi Narayan Shah in a grand manner. Let’s celebrate Prithvi Jayanti as a national festival,” he said.
Chairman Thapa stressed the need to build greater consensus among the political parties in order to steer the country towards stability by resolving contemporary challenges.
Subhas Chandra Nembang, a leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, said that Prithvi Narayan Shah should be always remembered for his role in the country’s unification. “Late Shah created a foundation for the country’s unity. Now, people should follow the path of Shah to preserve the religious and cultural diversity of the country,” he added.
Gopal Man Shrestha, a leader of the main opposition Nepali Congress, also urged the government to announce holiday to mark the birth anniversary of late Shah. “Poush 27 should be observed as the national holiday,” he said.
Leaders from various political parties, intellectuals, diplomats, civil society members were present during the event held at Nepal Police Club, Exhibition Road.