PM Oli lauds role of Magars

Kathmandu, January 15

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said Nepal’s constitution will gradually address the demands of various ethnic communities.

At a programme organised to mark the national cultural festival of the ethnic Magar community in Tundikhel, PM Oli said the credit goes to Magar ethnicity for his accession to the post of PM.

Moreover, he said, “We have Vice-president, Speaker, Minister, and Minister of State from the Magar community.

It is because of their favour, I became prime minister. Although some persons were against me, Magar persons are evidently my right hands.”

According to him, Maghe Sankranti is the festival of all Nepalis. The entire Nepali community celebrates it with much fanfare.

Lackadaisical development cannot be tolerated, he said, adding that the country was in need of accelerating development activities.

As Nepalis have the sovereign rights, they can amend the constitution according to their need, he said.

On the occasion, Minister for Science and Technology Shiva Lal Thapa said all Nepalis must internalise the role the Magar community played for political change and restoration of democracy in the country.

Minister of State Nar Devi Punmagar, former minister Balaram Ghartimagar, lawmakers duo Gokul Ghartimagar, Amar Punmagar and others underscored the need of unity among all for the advancement of the Magar community.

Culture specific dances as kaura, dhime and other songs were performed on the occasion. Pageants with Magar costumes were also organised on the occasion.

The Magar community comprises 7.2 per cent of the total population of Nepal. Although scattered across the country.