Kathmandu, Sept 9: The foundation stone for rebuilding the BP Museum, which collapsed during the massive earthquake of April 25 last year, has been laid.
Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba laid the foundation stone for the building amidst a ceremony marking the 103th BP Koirala’s birth anniversary at the museum premises at Sundarijal. “In this place Nepali politics ideal person and a towering figure of literature Koirala was imprisoned for 10 years, and this place has become a museum; this place needs to be rebuilt in its old form so that it becomes a place of veneration for the coming generations,” he said.
President Deuba said that the statues of all the leaders – who were imprisoned along with BP should be built at the museum premises – and showcase the items most important to them in their life.
At the programme, NC Treasurer and Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Sita Devi Yadav, said the people’s mentality will not change until peace was established in the country.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jivan Bahadur Shahi, instructed the Department of Archaeology to break with the tradition and complete the construction of the museum by the set deadline of Nepali month of Mangsir in 2075 BS.
National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyawali pledged commitment to lend necessary support for reconstruction of the museum.
Meanwhile, speaking at a programme organized by the Democratic Thought Society and BP Memorial community cooperatives hospital, former Minister Suresh Malla said all should follow policies that encourage ideology-based politics.
Society Chair Dr Kedar NarSingh KC said implementation of the thoughts and ideals of BP Koirala would help bring the people out of poverty.
Senior Vice-president of the Society and National News Agency (RSS) Chairman, Kul Chandra Wagle, alerted the participants of the trend among the people of calling on others to follow BP’s ideology and not implementing it for themselves. RSS