KATHMANDU: Visiting former prime minister and senior leader of the CPN-UML, Madhav Kumar Nepal has sought Indian support for holding Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for November 19 in a free, fair and peaceful manner.
During a meeting with Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai on Thursday at Hotel Oberio in New Delhi at 10:15 am, the UML senior leader discussed a range of bilateral issues between the two countries.
A statement issued by UML leader Rajan Bhattarai, who is accompanying leader Neal during his visit said, “As Nepal is heading for new elections to the Constituent Assembly, we need cooperation and support from our international friends including India to hold the polls in a free, fair and peaceful environment.”
Similarly leader Nepal met with Chairperson of Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi and discussed a range of issues including the elections to the Constituent Assembly (CA) slated to be held in November, during the meeting that lasted for 35 minutes. Indian National Congress party foreign department chief Karan Singh and CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel were also present at the meeting.
Similarly, General Secretary of the Indian Nationalist Congress Party, D P Tripathi met leader Nepal. During the meeting, Tripathi, appreciated the former Nepali prime minister as well as his party´s role in Nepali politics for adopting “coordinated approach and flexible stance to find out solutions to Nepal´s ongoing political and social transformation”.
According to Bhattarai, Nepal is meeting with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manamohan Singh at 10:30 am Friday. Nepal is also scheduled to meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khursdhid, who will host a luncheon in his honor.
The UML leader is the third Nepali politician to get invitation from the Indian Prime Minister after the announcement of the election date. Earlier, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal and Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Debuba had visited Delhi. Nepal is scheduled to return home on July 29.
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