Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said he was shocked by the demise of Nepali Congress president and former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala who he said was the towering persona of Nepali democratic movement.
“The government and I myself would like to pay tribute to him with high respect at this hour of loss,” the PM said in a condolence message. “With his demise, the country has lost an untiring, veteran, landmark and guardian of democratic movement”.
PM Nepal said that the leadership he took in all democratic movements from 2003 BS to 2062/63 BS would be written in golden pages of history.
“The country will always be indebted to the contribution he doled out to the nation. I would like to remember, especially the unparalleled role he played to abolish the 240-year-old monarchy as a veteran, uncompromising and tireless leader though it was an achievement of shared unity, participation and joint efforts of all of us,” he said.
“We initiated the peace process, passing through a colossal risk. He had a passion to see the new constitution promulgated by taking the peace process to a pragmatic end at the earliest”.
Referring to his last meeting with Koirala on Friday, the PM said, “He wanted me to play a significant role to forge national unity and take all the political parties together during the meet. I swear to translate his unfulfilled desire into reality and take the peace process to a logical conclusion”.
The PM also extended his heartfelt condolence to the leaders and workers of Nepali Congress and the bereaved family.