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Ex-PM Marich Man cremated at Aryaghat

KATHMANDU, AUG 15 - Former Prime Minister Marich Man Singh was cremated according to Hindu tradition at Pashupati Aryaghat in the Capital on Thursday. His relatives and well-wishers chanted slogans for not giving royal honour to the former prime minister.

Earlier in the day, the government decided to accord state honour to the final rites of former Prime Minister Marich Man Singh Shrestha. His body was kept at his residence in Dhapasi during the day for final tributes.

A Cabinet meeting held this morning decided to honour the former prime minister with state honour, Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire, who reached Dhapasi to offer his final condolence to late Shrestha, informed the family about the decision.

Likewise, the government also decided to provide an ambulance and a team of eights persons for carrying the body. The government offered to provide two assistants for mourning rituals if the family desired so.

Shrestha, who was battling with lung cancer, passed away at around 3 this morning at Norvic Hospital in the Capital on Thursday morning. He was 71. He was kept on ventilator support in the hospital.

Regmi offers last tribute

Meanwhile, Chairman Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi and top brass leaders of political parties paid their final tributes to Shreshta.

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, leader Baburam Bhattarai, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa, among other leaders, went to his Dhapasi residence and offered their last respects. Leaders from across the political spectrum have been flocking to Dhapasi to pay their last tributes to Shrestha.

His body will be cremated at Pashupati Aryaghat at around  5 in this afternoon.

Ailing Shrestha was brought to the Capital on Tuesday night from New Delhi Medant Medcity Hospital in New Delhi after no significant progress in his health. According to the family sources, Shrestha expressed his desire to die in his home country. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital since a month.

He served as prime minister of Nepal from 1986 to 1990. He was born in 1942 in Khalanga Bazar, Salyan, Nepal. He was the first prime minister of the country from the Newar community. He was born in Salyan district in 1940.Before being appointed at the prime minister, Shrestha was Speaker of the National Assembly.




Posted on: 2013-08-15 09:11