KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Former prime minister and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that all the young people of the country are like his own children for him.
Addressing a condolence meeting organized in honor of his late son Prakash at his residence in Lazimpat on Thursday, Dahal said that he sees Prakash in the face of every youth in the country. "All the youths in the country are like our son Prakash and we have reached the conclusion that we should make every effort for their bright future," he said. Prakash died of cardiac arrest on November 19 at the age of 36.
Dahal recalled that various student wings of major political parties including Nepal Students Union (NSU), All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU), All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary) and other youth organizations jointly extended condolence to him and his family after the demise of Prakash. "[They] encouraged us stating that they were our children. Prakash is no more now. But we see Prakash in every youth of the country", said Dahal.
He said the solidarity the general public extended to him and his bereaved family was very important. "The support you extended at this hour of grief at the loss of our only son has given us power to cope up with this loss and grief," Dahal said, while stating that they are indebted to all the political parties and their leaders who expressed their condolences.
Dahal stated that his family had received condolence messages from different countries including from China, India, the USA, Australia, Africa and Asia and different countries in Europe. "I think the mass of people who voluntarily showed up on November 19 from the Norvic Hospital to the party's head office Paris Danda to the Aryaghat is the evidence of the respect that Prakash had earned in a short period of his life," Dahal said.
Leaders of various political parties, industrialists and businessmen, journalists, the chiefs and representatives of the diplomatic missions were among those present at the condolence meeting. They extended their heartfelt condolences to the Dahal family on the occasion.