HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Republic Day, which came a day after the Constituent Assembly failed to deliver the constitution, seemed to have lost its charm as the mood in Tundikhel in the heart of the Capital, the venue for official celebrations of the big day, and on the streets of Kathmandu suggested. Gone was a sense of optimism that prevailed after the first meeting of the CA abolished the kingship in 2008. The participants, including the President, ministers and government employees, seemed to have gloom painted on their faces.
The performers clad in traditional attires were not in a cheerful mood, either. Unlike in previous years, there was a dismal presence of people from different walks of life with opposition party leaders and members of the civil society, among others, giving the celebrations a miss.
After coming under fire from the opposition parties for not celebrating Democracy Day in February, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai had promised to celebrate the Republic Day in honour of Democracy Day and Loktantra Day in a big way.
“The day will make the people proud” of their accomplishments, Bhattarai had said.
A civil servant, who attended the function, fondly remembered the day that used to be celebrated with much fanfare.
The official said members of the general public would have celebrated the day with vigour if the CA had managed to promulgate the much-sought constitution.