Nepalis in India rejoice republic declaration

New Delhi, May 29:

Non-resident Nepalis in India today welcomed the abolition of the monarchy with the declaration of Nepal as a federal democratic republic.

Most NRNs kept awake till midnight yesterday waiting to hear the declaration, said Janmorcha Morcha-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Nepali Ekkta Samaj central member Kamal Khanal while talking to this daily over telephone from Orissa.

Lamps were lit at the Nepali Embassy here while Nepali ambassador to India Dr Durgeshman Singh welcomed the transition from monarchy to republican state order.

He said congratulatory messages were pouring in over phone and fax.

Nepali students, journalists and academicians in Jawaharlal Nehru Univesity here celebrated the whole night.

They also organised programmes to celebrate the occasion, said PhD student Uddhav Pyakurel.

Nepali political organisations’ wings based in India also issued congratulatory messages to mark the occasion. Pro-Nepali Congress non-resident Nepali Jansampark Samiti Bharat president Baburam Sharma issued a statement today hailing the transition and said the sacrifices of the martyrs of the April 2005 uprising had not gone in vain.

Pro-CPN-Maoist Janadhikar Surakhsa Samiti Bharat chairman TB Pathak organised a victory celebration here.

Nepal Bharat Ekta Manch general secretary Pawan Patel also issued a statement hailing the momentous political change in Nepal.