President Ram Chandra Paudel has unveiled a life size statue of the iron man the late Ganeshman Singh in Bhaktapur on Tuesday. The 12-feet high statue was constructed using 1,002-kg of metal. The Ganeshman Singh Memorial Park and Statute Protection Committee installed the statue at Ganeshman Park in Suryabinayak municipality-5, Katunje.
President Paudel said Ganeshman Singh has established the norms that politics was not for power and personal interests but for country and the people. Ganeshman was the only personality who was accepted as a leader of all Nepali people, President Paudel said, adding, “I ever recognize Ganeshman as an all-accepted leader of Nepal. Whether leftists or rightists, all accepted Ganeshman as a common leader. He was the leader who brought together parties having different ideologies for the People’s Movement in 2046 BS as a leader”.
Ganeshman was a leader with unflagging courage and indomitable devotion for democracy and freedom, Paudel said, adding he set an epitome of sacrifice, ideal and honesty in politics by handing over the Prime Ministerial post he was offered to his contemporary leader following the success of the People’s Movement in 2046 BS. On the occasion, President Paudel posthumously honoured former parliamentarian the late Rameswor Dhungel who envisioned the construction of the statue.
The President presented the letter of appreciation to the late Dhungel’s son Anup and grandson Akshep. President Paudel also felicitated artist Mahesh Tuladhar who constructed the statue of the veteran democratic leader Singh.
Also on the occasion, President Paudel launched the Ganeshman Batika souvenir published by the committee. Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat stressed the need to inform new generation about Ganeshman’s unparalleled contributions and sacrifice for the attainment of democratic rights and rule of law. At the programme, Ganeshman Singh Foundation Chairperson Prakashman Singh said no generation should forget Ganeshman who survived a 15-year of prisoned life and another 15-year of exiled life during his six-decade-long political career for the people’s rights and freedoms.
Committee Chairperson Mathabar Singh Basnet who was presiding over the programme said the committee has crafted a master plan with a budget of Rs 340 million for the development of the areas, including international standard park, multi-purpose building, museum, view tower, picnic spot, comprehensive information about political career of the late Singh and a study Centre for carrying out research on his works.