NEW DELHI, DEC 26 - Indian leadership has expressed its support to President Ram Baran Yadav’s initiative to bring major political parties together on ending the prolonged stalemate.
There was almost a unanimous message from India during high profile meetings that President Yadav held on Wednesday in New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khursid among others echoed their support to the efforts of political forces in Nepal, including that of President Yadav, to bring the protracted stalemate to an end. “We [India] express our support to the internal political process currently underway in Nepal where you [President Yadav] have made efforts to bring all the parties on table for consensus,” Khursid told President Yadav during a formal meeting in Hotel Oberoi. “We [India] want to see the things in Nepal stabilise soon in safely, quickly and comfortable manner,” Khursid told the Post, emerging out from the meeting.
Minister Khursid has publicly said that the only way to end the current deadlock in Nepal is the formation of a national unity government and hold the fresh polls. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA)’s Chairman Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Hamid Ansari, General Secretary of Congress (I) Janardan Dwivedi, Chairman of Nepal Democracy Solidarity Committee DP Tripathi and Senior leader of CPI (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury, among others, called upon President Yadav on Wednesday and expressed concerns over impasse in Nepal.
UPA Chairman Gandhi reached the Oberoi Hotel to meet President Yadav in the afternoon and was accompanied by Khursid and Indian Minister of Commerce and Industries Anand Sharma in the discussion.
At the end of his hectic schedule on Wednesday, President Yadav went to 7 Race Course Road—the official residence of Indian Prime Minister—and attended a dinner hosted in his honour by the Indian Prime Minister. The two sides had a restricted meeting which saw the presence of only a selected group of officials from the two countries ahead of the reception.
Earlier in the morning, President Yadav met his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee at Rastrapati Bhawan in Raisina Hill, where the Indian President stressed that “India attaches the highest priority to further strengthening its bilateral relations with Nepal in every sphere.”
“It is in India’s interest that Nepal progresses as a stable, secular, democratic republic. It has always been India’s endeavour to support peace, stability and prosperity in Nepal, in accordance with its [Nepal] wishes,” Mukherjee said in a statement.
President Yadav also used the opportunity to invite Mukherjee for a visit to Nepal. The official invitation letter was handed over by Foreign Secretary Durga Bhattarai. Accepting the invitation, Mukherjee said that the necessary decision would be taken through diplomatic channels as soon as possible, according to Nepal’s Acting Amba-ssador to India Khaganath Adhikari.
No Indian president has paid an official visit to Nepal since KR Narayanan in 1998.
President Yadav will have another busy day on Thursday, when he is scheduled to meet Indian Defence Minister AK Antony, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, leaders of Opposition in both the houses of parliament Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, among others.
Posted on: 2012-12-27 08:19