KATHMANDU: As Nepal is standing at the crossroad as the first Constituent Assembly failed to draft new constitution and major parties mulling for second elections of the constituent assembly and some parties opposing it, newly-appointed Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae, who is believed to have important role in the political affairs of the country, arrived in Kathmandu on Monday.
Rae will present his Letter of Credence to President Ram Baran Yadav on Wednesday at the President’s office. Rae succeeds Jayant Prasad, who recently completed his two-year tenure as India’s envoy to Nepal.
Nepal is Rae’s third ambassadorial assignment after Vietnam and Hungary. However, he has been previously involved with Nepal as the Joint Secretary (North), an Indian division that oversees relations with Nepal and Bhutan. He held the position from 2002 to 2006, a crucial time in Nepali politics when Maoist insurgency was at its height.
Rae had visited Kathmandu at least a dozen times in the past while he was serving as a Joint Secretary (North) at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
He used to travel Kathmandu frequently in those days at a time when Nepal was undergoing a huge political transformation between October 2002 and January 2006.
His role is considered important in the 12-point agreement that was signed in 2005 between Nepal’s then seven-party alliance and the CPN (Maoist) in Delhi, paving way for the first CA election. Coincidently, Rae arrives as Nepal is preparing for its second CA election, slated for November. The first constituent assembly failed to deliver the new constitution within four year following the differences among the leaders of major political parties. It is believed that India has major say in the political affairs of the country.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s ambassador’s seat in New Delhi continues to remain empty after former Nepali envoy to India, Rukma Shumsher Rana, was called back in 2011
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