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Rai dedicated his whole life for democracy: PM


Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Monday paid tributes to senior Nepali Congress leader Bal Bahadur Rai who passed away yesterday at the age of 90.

On the occasion, the prime minister said Rai was a true democracy fighter.

Talking to journalists after offering floral tributes to Rai, Prime Minister Nepal expressed sadness over Rai’s demise and said Rai dedicated his whole life for democracy.

He said simple life, high thinking, dedication to democratic norms and fighting spirit were the principles of late Rai. He defined Rai as a leader who used to think about the welfare of the people and the country. Nepal also recalled Rai’s honesty while he was in the government in the past.

Nepali Congress paid last respects to the late Rai by covering his body with the party flags. Party acting president Sushil Koirala wrapped NC’s flag around Rai’s body.

On the occasion, Koirala said Rai’s demise has caused an irreparable loss to the party and the country.

Senior Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, NC parliamentary party leader Ram Chandra Poudel, vice presidents Gopal Man Shrestha and Prakash Man Singh, general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi, central members, CA members, relatives and a large number of NC cadres were present at Sanepa to pay tributes to Rai.

Likewise, UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal said Rai played a leading role in the movement for democracy and nationalism.

Rai’s body was kept at NC headquarters from 8-10 am before being flown to his home village of Maula in Okhaldhunga district on a helicopter. 



Posted on: 2010-07-05 02:04