The 80 plus year old Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala still has the same energy that he used to have in his young days. This man, the most powerful prime minister of Nepal, went to India the day he took oath in the parliament and addressed the meeting of SAARC in New Delhi. Back in Nepal, he was in Pokhara to address his party Nepali Congress’s mass meeting. Here is a report by Neil Horning All pics by Neil Horning.
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala spoke in Pokhara today. A crowd of ten to twenty thousand people, slightly larger than the Maoist Newa Mukti Morcha rally in Kathmandu, gathered in Amorsingchowk to witness the event. Koirala, himself, spoke for about 5 minutes before the crowd hurried off to avoid a gathering hail storm.
Koirala sits down while others conduct the closing chants. Below: Koirala waved around a looseleaf notepad while speaking, presumably containing his notes. Central themes focused on “Peace, stability, and complete democracy.”
A look at the crowd
A view of the crowd from the stage
Another look at the crowd
A few spectators stand on a rest platform a ways back from the crowd
Riot police provide security
The Armed Police Force guarded the event with light machine guns and other automatic weapons. When Maoists brought the same weapons (under U.N. registration) to Prachanda’s events they were criticized for displaying arms in public.