Kathmandu, March 27: President Ramchandra Paudel has said politics should be guided by service motive towards the society and people.
He said so while speaking at a programme to unveil a bust of Nepali Congress leader and former Minister late Nabindra Raj Joshi, constructed at Yatkha Kumari Temple premises of Kathmandu Metropolitan City-19, on the second memorial day.
The Head-of-State stressed that politics should be motivated by the highest determination, commitment and dedication to serving the people understanding their joy and sorrow along with continuous closeness.
President Paudel shared, "Late Joshi was a personality who had a close relationship with the people and had understood their joy and sorrow."
The untimely demise of Joshi is an irreparable loss to the country, Nepal's democratic movement, the party, the Joshi family and himself, he mentioned.
The President expressed the view that Joshi was successful to build an image of a simple, honest, friendly, helpful and capable politician, adding good morals and honesty were the characteristics of the late Joshi.
"I got the opportunity to not only know and understand Nabindra from close quarters but also as a guardian to show the way all through his life to always motivate him towards building a conscious, enthusiastic and conscientious personality by providing him suggestions, support and cooperation," the President said.
He opined that the installation of Joshi's statue will always keep alive the contribution he made to the country and people, inform future generations of an honest and good leader and encourage them to carry out moral deeds.
Nepali Congress leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Prakash Man Singh remembered Joshi as a person who practised the politics of values and principles for bringing change in the country.
"Nabindra was the person who waged a struggle through the Nepal Students Union for reinstating the rights that were hijacked in 1960," Singh said.
Joshi's spouse and lawmaker Sapana Rajbhandari expressed the commitment to work to fulfilling the political goal adopted by the late leader. She believed that the construction of the statue will keep Joshi alive.
President Paudel also garlanded the statue of Nirgun Sthapitm, a martyr of the 1990 People's Movement, on the occasion.
Born on January 6, 1963, Joshi died on March 26, 2021. He was the Constituent Assembly member, Minister for Industry, deputy mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, and founding president of the Ganeshman Singh Study Foundation. He was also associated with various social organisations. (RSS)