The Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal organized a tea party in Kathmandu to celebrate the 290th birth anniversary of Nepal’s Unifier King Prithvi Narayan Shah, January 11, 2011.
Also present on the occasion were Vice President Parmananda Jha and Chair of the Constituent Assembly Subash Chandra Nembang.
Surprising, isn’t it?
Former Prime Ministers, political leaders, civil society activists, media personnel and industrialists graced the occasion.
The party also led a procession at the Western Gate of Singh durbar- the government secretariat, and paid homage at the statue of late King P. N. Shah.
Addressing a small gathering of nationalists Chairman Kamal Thapa claimed that had King P. N. Shah not initiated the campaign of integrating the country-then divided in several states and principalities, there would have been no Nepal to what it stands today.
Thapa demanded the government to declare Poush 27 as the national unity day to recognize the contributions of Great King Prithvi.
Each year, prior to the presumed and widely believed India sponsored April 2006 changes, Poush 27 (B.S.) used to be celebrated as the National Unity day.