BNDP Observes the 27th Foundation Day

                                                        BNDP Observes the 27th Foundation Day

                                                                          By Dr D.N.S.Dhakal

Bhutan National Democratic Party (BNDP) observed its 27th foundation day in exile on February 7.  The Party sends its best wishes to well-wishers and party members, and it calls upon them to participate in the consolidation of democratic opening in Bhutan.

BNDP used this occasion to pay respect to those Bhutanese who laid down their life for the cause of human rights and democracy in Bhutan.

Flowers were showered at the martyrs’ smarak by Dasho Teknath Rizal, Dr Bhampa Rai, Dr D.N.S. Dhakal and Yuvaraj Dahal, special envoy of the Nepali Congress.

BNDP used this occasion to air its viewpoints on the resolution of Bhutanese refugee crisis and consolidation of the ancient cultural and historical relationship between Bhutan and Nepal:

That it urges the international community to work with Bhutan and Nepal for repatriation of willing refugees from the camps in Nepal to their homesteads in Bhutan;

That it calls upon Bhutan government to begin the process of giving non-resident Bhutanese (NRB) status to the resettled Bhutanese living in the overseas countries;

That it urges the resettled Bhutanese to form non-resident Bhutanese (NRB) platform and consolidate the growing influence of Bhutanese Diaspora in the overseas countries;

That it supports the idea of constituting the Bhutan Nepal Foundation with membership to people living inside Bhutan, Nepal and to NRB and join their hands together for the promotion of ancient cultural and historical relationship between Bhutan and Nepal and preserve the history of Bhutanese refugees in Nepal;

BNDP facilitated Dr Bhampa Rai (Bhutan), Prajapati Dhital (Nepal) and Sailendra Singh Arora (India) for their contribution for the cause of Bhutanese refugees. It proposed to organize such events in the future in consultation with the members of the resettled Bhutanese communities.

The program was wraped-up by Dasho Tek Nath Rizal upon brief statements by Dr D.N.S.Dhakal, Dr Bhmapa Rai and Yuvaraj Dahal.

Tek Nath Rizal chairman of the meeting thanked the government of Nepal and the international community for their unflinching support for amicable resolution of Bhutanese refugee problem.