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Amid crisis, Delhi sends its emissary

KATHMANDU, NOV 29 - In the wake of the deepening political standoff in the country, New Delhi has dispatched a well known Nepal hand and a senior leader of the ruling Congress (I), Karan Singh, to Kathmandu.

Delhi is also all set to send another important Nepal hand, former Foreign Secretary and Indian Ambassador Shyam Saran, who arrives here next week.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Department of the Congress (I), Singh will be here for two days. He will also extend an invitation to  President Ram Baran Yadav to visit India to receive the Doctorate of Letters (D Litt) to be conferred on him by the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in the fourth week of December.

Singh will be a guest speaker at a conference marking the 150th Madan Mohan Malviya Anniversary in the Army Officers’ Club here on Friday. Malviya is the founder of the BHU. President Yadav is scheduled to open the conference.

Political sources said Chairman of the Rastriya Prajantra Parry, Pashupati Sumsher Rana, is hosting a dinner in Singh’s honour at his residence on Friday, where former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba, Jhala Nath Khanal, Surya Bahadur Thapa, Lokendra Bahadur Chand and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and other senior leaders are invited.

Singh is a relative of RPP chairman Rana. In 2006, Singh was in Kathmandu when Nepal’s political parties were joining hands against the now-deposed king Gyanedra Shah. Following the visit, Shah ceded the power and offered reconciliation, which ultimately paved the way for a republican set-up. The Indian side has, meanwhile, already informed top leaders of major political forces in Kathmandu about Saran’s visit. Saran, who has a reputation of landing in Kathmandu as Delhi’s troubleshooter, last visited Nepal in August 2010 when the country was locked in a political crisis, given its failure to elect a prime minister.

Saran will meet President Yadav and top political leaders, including Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.

Posted on: 2012-11-30 09:15

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