On Dussehra, Nepal Prez seeks end to discord
Kathmandu: Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav
used the occasion of Vijay Dashmi on day to appeal to the
country's warring political parties to get to the task of
concluding the peace process and the drafting of the new
In his message to the nation on the festival, the
president has "drawn the attention of all concerned towards
not causing any further delay in concluding the peace process
and drafting the constitution as per the aspirations of the
In the midst of intense political differences, Nepal is
struggling to conclude its once promising peace process.
In fact, all political leaders, including Prime Minister
Baburam Bhattarai, sent out messages today to seek an end to
the political discord.
In his message, the Prime Minister expressed hope that the
festival would help in strengthening the peace and mutual
goodwill in the country.
"I call upon all Nepalese people, living at home and
abroad to move forward on the path of duty and bestow them
peace, prosperity and good health by forgetting mutual discord
and animosity," the prime minister stated in his message.
The President also stressed the need to preserve the
cultural heritage of Nepal to help in promoting brotherhood,
reconciliation and good relations among people of various
languages, cultures and traditions.
Besides, he also sought help for the families affected by
the recent earthquake, floods and landslides.
Seeking to promote unity and goodwill, Nepali Congress
President Sushil Koirala said the country can be rid of the
ills of disease, hunger and poverty only through the
collective endeavour and collaboration of all people.
He also said that the festival should be used as an
opportunity to review the past and correct mistakes.
Former King Gyanendra Shah also sent out a message on the
occasion, asking people to work towards consolidating
"Consolidating democracy is as important as making people
feel that this is a system that improves their quality of life
and gives them boundless opportunities," the former monarch
President Yadav and the former King met a large number of
people, including political leaders, officials and journalists
on the occasion, and applid vermilion on their foreheads.