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Nepal terai shows keen interest in Indian polls

Shyam Kishore Singh, Sitamarhi (TNN): The Lok Sabha polls have become a major topic of discussion in Nepal’s terai where a majority of the people speak Maithili, Bhojpuri, Avadhi and Hindi. They are keenly watching the fight between Modi, Rahul and Kejriwal.

The Nepal districts of Rauthat, Dhanusha, Mahotari and Sarlahi (Malangwa) bordering Sitamarhi are discussing election and its possible outcome. Their curiosity with Indian poll result is unlike of Pakistani or Chinese thought waves. They are interested to see a strong and peaceful India. “We have Roti and Beti (bread and daughter’s marriage) level relationship with the neighbouring country”, said Arun Kumar Singh, a resident of village Simra in Nepal’s Sarlahi district, whose sister is married in Sitamarhi district.

Nepal had a constituent Assembly election four months ago followed by Indian Lok Sabha polls so the election topic was hot at tea stalls, barber’s shop, betel shop and gossip points. As Nepal is a predominantly Hindu country so their interest in saffron party is visible. They keenly watch the role of AAP in parliamentary election especially in Varanasi.

The residents of Janakpur Dham, a commissionary level town in south Nepal, are seen waiting eagerly in the morning for Indian newspapers’ arrival. The TV viewers also watch more Indian news channels in comparison to the Nepalese one.

Sanjiv Kumar Singh of Gaur Bazar said that his father used to participate in the election campaign of the then central minister late Ram Dulari Sinha. Another resident Daya Shankar Singh said they need a strong and development oriented government in Delhi. For other tea takers of a stall at Gaur Bazar a district level town of Nepal, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are also known political personalities.

Many bordering residents are busy inquiring on mobile phones to their Indian relations as to who will form the government in Delhi. At Gaur Bazar bus stand the Kathmandu bound passengers are busy talking Indian poll scenario.

The Indian citizens working at several national and multinational companies in Nepal have mostly crossing over to India to be present on polling day. Ashutosh Kumar a resident of Sitamarhi town’s ward number 28 and currently working in Kathmandu has already arrived here on Monday as border shall be sealed from May 6 for 48 hours.

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