Kathmandu: Former Deputy Prime Minister and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari who passed away Saturday night was cremated with the state honour today.
Adhikari daughters Luna, Lima and Lija Adhikari lit the funeral pyre of their father.
His spouse Sabita Adhikari, NCP’s general secretary Bishnu Poudel, leader Janardan Sharma and Nepali Congress leader and former finance minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, former minister Dr Minendra Rijal and several party cadres and leaders reached the Pashupati Aryagaht to pay last tribute to the late leader.
A contingent of the Armed Police Force presented a guard of honor to the late leader. A minute of silence was also observed on the occasion. He had served as the DPM twice and headed the Ministry of Finance at different times. He is credited for launching the popular ‘Make Your Village Own’ programme and the old age allowance scheme for senior citizens.
Earlier, the government decided to bid final adieu to former Deputy Prime Minister and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Adhikari with the State honour. Adhikari passed away on Saturday night at the age of 82.
Govt decision on state honor
A meeting of the Council of Ministers taken place at the Prime Minister’s official residence decided to conduct last rites of the late leader with the state honor, according to Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa.
Earlier, Prime Minister and NCP’s Chair KP Sharma Oli, NCP’s another chair and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ visited the party central office, Dhumbarahi to pay tribute to the late leader.
Three of the five people, who died after a passenger bus heading towards Kathmandu from Kakarvitta of Jhapa met with an accident and fell into the Trishuli river this morning, have been identified. Of them four died on the spot while one died on the way to hospital, police said.