Kamal Dev Bhattarai
KATHMANDU March 21: Indian Ministers and senior political leaders, who arrived in Kathmandu today, paid their last respect to the late Nepali Congress president and former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala at Dasharath Stadium here.
India’s Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Nationalist Congress leader DP Tripathi were among the Indian leaders who paid tributes to late Koirala.
In his message, Mukherjee said the late Koirala was a “great leader of Nepal and South Asia.”
“In his demise, we have lost a statesman, a true democrat and a great friend of India. An institution himself, Koirala played a very important role in the struggle for democracy in Nepal and in strengthening the close relations between the two countries”, he said.
In her message Indian Speaker Kumar said that the passing away of Koirala marks the end of an era in Nepalese politics. “His tireless dedication to the cause of peace and democracy in Nepal and his immense contribution in fostering and strengthening close and friendly relations between the two countries will always be remembered,” she said.
Minister Krishna said that with Koirala’s death, Nepal and South Asia have lost an “outstanding leader, who was passionately committed to the cause of democracy and friendship between the two countries.” “The contribution of Koirala as an experienced, determined and tireless leader will always remain a source of inspiration for both the present and future generations,” he said.
DP Tripathi also said Koirala’s demise is a great loss for the nation.
The Indian team also met PM Madhav Kumar Nepal in Baluwatar today.
According to PM Nepal’s press advisor, Bishnu Rijal, Indian leaders expressed the hope that the peace process will gain momentum in the days to come.
Nepal assured the leaders that despite Koirala’s absence, the country will get the constitution on time.