Opposition to Mayor’s proposal to rename Butwal Mandap – Online Khabar

9 Asar, Butwal. The proposal of Butwal Sub-metropolis to add Girija Prasad Koirala in front of the name of Butwal Mandap has been opposed by parties including CPN-UML and various organizations.

Protest and criticism started after Mayor Khel Raj Pandey, who was elected from the Nepali Congress, proposed to name Butwal Mandap after Girija Prasad Koirala while presenting Butwal’s policy and program.

In the sub-metropolitan municipal council on Wednesday, Mayor Pandey had made a written proposal in the policy and program to add Girija Prasad Koirala in front of the name of Butwal Mandap, arguing that the then Congress president and former prime minister Koirala had made significant contribution in acquiring the land of Butwal Mandap. In Butwal, the pavilion is known as the venue for industrial exhibitions and trade fairs.

The UML people’s representatives had disagreed with the proposal at the Municipal Assembly meeting. Ward member of Ward No. 11 Nakul Shahi Thakuri had said that such a proposal would not be tolerated and would not be accepted if it was passed on the basis of majority.

Not only the UML, but also the Congress cadres themselves have opposed the proposal through social media. Congress activist Hari Chhetri said that it would be better to name the Butwal Mandap after the local culture, heritage or historical identity rather than the name of the leader.

Congress cadre Krishna Prasad Nepal said that the proposal to change the name of Butwal Mandap was reprehensible. He said, “Changing the name of Butwal Mandap is a reprehensible act. This is wrong. The name of a particular leader should not be mentioned anywhere. If it has to be kept, it should be kept in the name of 4 martyrs. ‘

CPN-Maoist central MP Deepa BK has also said that it is not necessary to change the name of Butwal Mandap.

CPN-UML Butwal Municipal Chairman Kisan Gyawali has opposed the proposal to change the name of Butwal Mandap and suggested to Mayor Khel Raj Pandey to work for the betterment of the people. He said, “If the name of the Pandit is changed, then the mayor will be replaced by another Pandit and there will be a crisis of existence.”

Journalist DR Ghimire said that any park or road could be named after Girija Prasad Koirala but it would not be appropriate to change the name of Butwal Mandap. “When another power comes to power tomorrow, revenge may be sought. Let’s not put a hero like Girija Prasad Koirala in such a controversy,” he said.

Nepal Chamber of Commerce Lumbini State General Secretary JP Kandel said that the Butwal Mandap was the pride of all business associations and urged the people’s representatives not to make controversial decisions.

Rishi Ram Gyawali of Butwal has joked that the name of Butwal sub-metropolis should be Girija Prasad Koirala sub-metropolis.

However, Professor Nur Jung KC, who is close to the Congress, has defended Mayor Pandey’s proposal to name Butwal Mandap as Girija Mandap. He gave the example of naming Mahendra Park as Pushpalal Park, Jivraj Asrit Park at the gate leading to Hill Park, Madan Bhandari Lok Marg and Madan Bhandari Institute of Health Sciences.

He argued that there was no need to oppose the proposal to nominate Girija Prasad Koirala as the Prime Minister as he had provided land for the Butwal Mandap and erected a compound wall.

The Butwal Conference Center and Exhibition Center are currently being constructed under the federal budget in the 16-bigha area of ​​Butwal Mandap, which is connected to the East-West Highway. Construction work has been going on here since 2071 BS.

Mayor Khel Raj Pandey asked the then Prime Minister to acquire land for Butwal Mandap. Girija Prasad said that he was going to name Koirala as he had an important role to play.

He said that a park with a statue of Pushpalal, the founding general secretary of the CPN (Maoist) and Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, the founding leader of the Nepali Congress and Surya Prasad Pradhan, the former mayor of Butwal sub-metropolis would be constructed in ward no.

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