HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The government did not organise any event to mark Loktantra Diwas, which marks the abolition of monarchy through Jana Andolan II, though it declared the day a public holiday under pressure from opposition parties. However, political parties and organisations organised different events to mark the day.
Nevertheless, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav‚ Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang and Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi attended a tea party that Vice-President Parmananda Jha had hosted to mark Loktantra Diwas. The opposition parties had criticised the government for not celebrating Democracy Day (Falgun 7) even after declaring it a public holiday.
In the past, the Nepali Army used to organise a special function in Kathmandu to mark the occasion. President, Prime Minister and other dignitaries used to attend the event.
A high-ranking official at the Office of the Prime Minister said the government was planning to observe the Republic Day on Jestha 15 ( May 28) as the national day and remove Democracy Day and Loktantra Day from the list of public holidays. “This points that the government has no respect for democratic norms and values,” he said.