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President, VP and PM extend Fagu Purnima wishes

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday extended their best wishes to all the Nepalis, both in and outside of the country, on the occasion of Fagu Purnima (Holi).

In a press statement released by the Office of the President today, President Bhandari wished that the festival of colors may inspire all the Nepalis to exchange happiness amongst them as well as strengthen the social ties.

Stating that such festival helps forge national unity, foster fraternity, mutual harmony and communal amity, the President underscored the need for preserving such cultural festivities in the country like ours with religious and cultural diversity.

“It is our responsibility to make headway for prosperity by preserving and promoting such cultural festivities,” the message noted.

Similarly, in a message of best wishes today, Vice President Pun extended Holi greetings to all the people, stating that the festival of colors symbolizes the spirit of tolerance, harmony and fraternity.

Stating that the festival had contributed to foster brotherhood and mutual goodwill among the Nepalis, VP Pun wished that may the festival strengthen the fraternal bonds amongst the Nepalis and encourage one and all to sort out differences through mutual talks, consensus and collaboration.

He also wished that may the festival inspire to bring into effect the new constitution by holding all three levels of elections by mid-January, 2018.

Likewise, Prime Minister Dahal in his message on the same occasion also extended his best wishes to all the Nepalis at home and abroad.

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Stating that Nepal is a beautiful country of multi-languages, multi-cultures, multi-religion, Dahal pressed for the preservation and promotion of common  cultural heritages like Holi festival.

Wishing may the festival bring new joy, enthusiasm and encouragement to all the Nepalis, the PM’s message notes, “May this festival foster brotherhood, communal harmony and amity among the citizens.”

The PM, in the message, acknowledged that the each ethnic communities in the country have their own traditions, cultures and festivals, and wished that our festivals would foster communal harmony.

The message noted,” May the festival that marks the victory of good over evil inspire one and all to make life colorful and joyous.”

Holi is being celebrated across the country with fanfare, including the capital city.

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RJPN splits in its anniversary, disgruntled leaders form new party

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KATHMANDU — A dissatisfied leaders of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) including Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced on Friday that they have quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.

Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Friday, Yadav and 32 other members left the party and announced a new party named Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik). According to which Ashok Kumar Yadav is appointed as a coordinator, Ritesh Kumar Singh, deputy coordinator and Jeevan Shah as general secretary.

Subash Chandari Biraji and Jeevan Sah have been appointed as General Secretaries in the 11-member ad hoc committee while Sadhana Yadav and Lakki Sharma as Secretaries, Madhu Maya Yadav as Treasurer and Dipendra Yadav as spokesperson.

Likewise, Dharma Raj Gupta, Bipana Acharya and Sambhu Pandit are the members of central ad hoc committee.

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Coordinator Yadav accused the party leadership of remaining indifferent in piling pressure on the government to amend the constitution.

Saying that Madhes is still lagging behind in terms of development, Yadav said the Rastriya Janata Party (Democratic) will focus its activities on development.

LAst year on the same day on April 20, 2017,six Madhes-based parties — Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Sharat Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party– had announced their unification to form Rastirya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

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