Kaski, August 16:
Eighty-one-year-old Debaki Dahal of Dhikurpokhari-2 in Kaski district was elated when she heard the news that Prachanda had been elected the first Prime Minister of Federal Republic of Nepal.
â€œMy happiness knew no bounds when I came to know about the election of Prachanda as the PM,â€ the elated aunt of the Maoist chairman said, adding, â€œI was worried thinking I would breathe my last without witnessing this day.â€
â€œPrachanda was born in a cowshed five kilometres from our house in Dhukurpokhari-7 54 years ago. At the time of birth, I had speculated that Prachanda would hold a high post,â€ she said.
â€œWorried that efforts may be made to stop him from becoming the Prime Minister, we were hooked to the radio and television channels for two days,â€ she said.
Prachandaâ€™s family migrated to Chitwan when he was nine. The Maoist chairman began his studies in Dhukurpokhari-based Mahendra Primary School. Prachandaâ€™s sister Himkala, who used to take him to school, said, â€œMy brother will work to fulfil aspirations of the people.â€
Remembering the days when the army used to keep vigil on his family members, Tanka (14), son of Prachandaâ€™s brother, said, â€œThe army men used to keep a watch in our house, hoping that the Maoists would visit our house for food.â€
â€œI am very happy to hear about the election of uncle Prachanda as the PM of new Nepal,â€ he said, adding,â€He should try to win hearts and minds of the people.â€
â€œI joined the Maoists because of Prachanda,â€ Kul Prasad Dahal, uncle of the Maoist chairman, said.
Saying that the army had searched his house several times during the decade-long conflict, he said, â€œMy daughters burnt down all Maoist related papers and books.â€
â€œAs Prachanda is the son of a poor family, he will work for the poor,â€ Kul Prasad said, urging the new Prime Minister to work for freedom, establishment of lasting peace and economic growth.