To strengthen ties, Nepal PM visits New Delhi

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Nepal Prime Minister Prachganda  Photo-PTI

File photo of Nepal Prime Minister Prachganda
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Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda arrived in New Delhi Thursday afternoon with a big delegation aimed at strengthening bilateral relations. India too is looking at a “substantive” outcome from the Nepalese Prime Minister’s four-day visit. Indo-Nepal ties had witnessed a strain in the recent past following the unrest over Nepal adopting a new constitution.

On his first visit to India as a Prime Minister of Nepal, he is accompanied by wife Sita, Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak.

Prachanda is scheduled to hold meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. He will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and later in his visit meet the cabinet members of Modi government.

On its part, India wants Nepal to take steps to address the concerns of its citizens, especially those in Tarai, over its newly adopted constitution, as it feels that anymore delay in this regard may “worsen” the situation.

FILE: BIRGUNJ: Ethnic Madhesi protesters stand near smoke from a tire set on fire by them, as Nepalese policemen stand guard near the Central Development Office at Birgunj, a town on the border with India, Nepal, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.  Photo - PTI

FILE: BIRGUNJ: Ethnic Madhesi protesters stand near smoke from a tire set on fire by them, as Nepalese policemen stand guard near the Central Development Office at Birgunj, a town on the border with India, Nepal, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.
Photo – PTI

“Atmospherics and vibes are positive after Dahal, better known as Prachanda, replaced KP Oli who was adamant about not supporting amendment in the constitution,” government sources said, adding that Prachanda has spoken in support of addressing grievances in this regard.

“There is still a lot of uncertainty. The longer the delay, the more complicated it will become,” they said.

According to the government sources, the passage of a constitution amendment would require two-thirds majority, technically possible but not an easy task for the ruling alliance, but added that they were “reasonable confident that an amendment will be registered”.

If all goes well, the Indian President may visit Nepal and the vice versa, the sources added.

Both the sides will work to sort out technicalities over hydro-power projects of 6800 MW in Nepal so that these could take off the ground.

On the unrest in Nepal after the new constitution was adopted, the Indian view is clear that unrest in a border region like Tarai, will affect Nepal as well as India and it wants Nepal to address the people’s concerns.

(With inputs from the PTI)