Lalitpur, February 2:
Senior leaders of the Nepali Congress today remembered the partyâ€™s founding leader Shree Bhadra Sharma as an ideal leader of the first generation of Nepalâ€™s democratic movement and acknowledged his lifelong struggle for the transformation of the country.
Addressing a condolence meeting organised by the party at its central office in Sanepa on the 13th day of Sharmaâ€™s demise, they said politicians and cadres should follow late Sharmaâ€™s political conduct.
NC President Girija Prasad Koirala, after meeting the bereaved family in Koteshwor this morning, remembered late Sharma as a great thinker of democratic socialism. â€œWe used to talk a lot about socialism while we were together in jail,â€ Koirala recalled.
Acting President Sushil Koirala said, â€œHis dedication, sacrifice and political culture are worth followed by the new generation.â€ He recalled Sharma as an influential leader who was always concerned about strengthening the party and democracy.
Vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel said, â€œSharma fought on the frontline for democracy during the Rana regime.â€ Paudel said Sharma and his family had to face social exclusion for leading a democratic movement against the feudal system.
â€œI abandoned Left ideology and got into the politics of Nepali Congress because of BP Koirala, Shree Bhadra Sharma and other democratic leaders of the first generation,â€ Paudel said. Vice-president Prakash Man Singh said Sharmaâ€™s family was exiled because of his leading role in the â€˜Jayatu Samskritam Movementâ€™, which was waged against the Rana rulers some 61 years ago. â€œWe find a highly persuasive model of sacrifice in him.â€
General Secretary Bimalendra Nidhi said late Sharma was a strong believer in democracy, non-violence and peace. Central member Govinda Raj Joshi recalled him as one of the forefathers of the democratic movement. Central member Dr Ram Sharan Mahat said he had a cultured, simple and persuasive personality, typical of the first-generation leaders. Raghunath Paudel, NC Tanahaun president, remembered Sharma as a dedicated leader
of the country. NC leaders, CA members and the chiefs of partyâ€™s sister organisations paid tributes to late Sharma.