By Our Reporter
The ruling Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) hosted a tea reception on the occasion of Dashain, Tihar, Chhath and Nepal Sambat 1138 at Bhrikuti Mandap on Saturday.
However, party chair and Prime Minister K P Oli did not attend the reception due to his illness.
In absence of Oli, another chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal led the reception throughout the day by inaugurating it and welcoming the guests, including NC president Sher Bahadur Deuba and general secretary of the Indian Communist Party Sita Ram Yachuri.
This was the first tea party organised after the creation of the unified communist party and the formation of a majority government under its leader Oli.
Thousands of people, including leaders and cadres from different political parties, commoners, federal ministers, ministers, chief ministers, provincial ministers, high-ranking government officials and foreign dignitaries attended the tea reception.
The party had sent around 50,000 invitations for the reception.
Main opposition Nepali Congress party president Deuba and chairpersons and top leaders from other parties also attended the reception.
Senior leaders and former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhala Nath Khanal and other party leaders like Bamdev Gautam, Bishnu Poudel and Subas Nembang also welcomed the guests and participants.
The party ran for three hours between 2 pm and 5 pm at Bhrikuti Mandap. However, the party was marred by mismanagement as the guests had to wait a long time to enter the venue.
The practice of holding tea reception after Dasahin festival, mostly on the day of Kojagrat Poormima, was introduced by NC leader B. P. Koirala. After the demise of Koirala in 1982, the NC has been continuing the practice, and of late other parties have also started hosting similar reception on the occasion of Dashain and Tihar festival. The NC is hosting its reception on November 2 instead of hosting it on Kojagrat Poornima due to demise of its leader Chakra Bastola during Dashain.
CPN hosts tea reception
By Our Reporter