KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala has said political consensus was the immediate need for peace, constitution and stability.
At the inauguration of the weeklong mahayagya organised at Basundhara for upgrading the Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Hospital set up in memory of leader of the democratic movement and former general secretary of Nepali Congress Mahendra Narayan Nidhi on Saturday, President Koirala said spiritual awakening was also needed for the political and social awareness.
He lauded the role of late leader Nidhi, saying he was peace lover and skillful for the expansion and consolidation of organization.
Senior leader of the Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba said the late Nidhi never believed in the politics of weapon and struggled for the change through peaceful politics.
Similarly, Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel said the late Nidhi was liberal, Gandhian, pacifist and a source of inspiration.
The mahayagya is organised to collect fund to expand the Hospital's capacity up to 300 beds and to develop it as a medical college occupying five ropanis of land.
Currently, the hospital has 55 beds and has aimed adding 45 more and will begin nursing college next year, said Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, Chairman of the hospital.
The mahayagya was inaugurated by Swami Kamalanayanacharya. Pundit Dinbandhu Pokhrel will recite the purana.
Main organizing coordinator of the mahayagya is Nepali Congress central member Deep Kumar Upadhyay.
Earlier, a kalashyatra was taken from Shankhapark to Basundhara.
Rs 5 million from some 200 persons with Rs 25,000 each have already been committed as donation. Similarly, the cost of the mahayagya is estimated Rs 5 million.