Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and UML President KP Sharma Oli have reached Pashupati Aryaghat on Sunday to pay homage to late Nepali Congress leader and ideologue Pradeep Giri, who passed away Saturday night. Leaders and activists of belonging to various political parties including NC have reached Pashupati Aryaghat where last rites were paid to late Giri. Before being taken to Pashupati, Giri’s body was kept at the Congress Party Central Office in Sanepa, Lalitpur for paying homage. Giri, who was suffering from throat cancer and pneumonia, passed away at the age of 74 on Saturday at 9:30 pm at Medicity Hospital in Lalitpur.
The political leaders of the country and abroad have expressed grief over his demise. Expressing grief over the death of Giri, the ruling Nepali Congress has decided to keep the party flag at half mast for three days. Party General Secretary Vishwa Prakash Sharma informed that it has been decided to keep the flag half-mast at the central office and all subordinate offices on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. According to Sharma, the party has also decided not to hold any other program during that period except for the tribute. The meeting also decided to keep a condolence book in the party offices for 13 days. On the 13th day of Giri’s demise, the Congress Party will hold a condolence meeting at the central office and all district offices on 1 September.
Known as a socialist thinker, Giri was involved in politics for more than four decades. Mitralal and Punyaprabha’s son Giri has a wife and a son. He is a member of the House of Representatives from Siraha 1. Giri, whose permanent address is Bastipur Siraha, was living in Bhimsengola, Kathmandu.