-  Friday 06 December 2019
 

India for conduct of assembly polls in Nepal on time

 -  PTI

Kathmandu, Sept 16 (PTI) India has stressed the need for holding the Constituent Assembly polls on time and swift conclusion of the peace process in Nepal, where Maoists have threatened to quit government if their key demands, including immediately declaring the country a republic, are not met.

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, who arrived here yesterday on a two-day visit, met Maoist Chairman Prachanda, former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress (Democratic) chief Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal.

Menon discussed the current political situation and the November 22 Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal during his meeting with the Maoist Chairman yesterday.

The meeting came at a time when Prachanda has set a two-day deadline - which expires tomorrow - before Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to fulfil the 22-point demand of the Maoists, including immediately declaring Nepal a republican state. The Maoists have warned to quit the government by tomorrow if their demands are not met.

During his talks with Madhav Kumar Nepal, Menon said India wanted to see that Nepal's peace process concluded swiftly and political stability brought to the country, besides the conduct of the Constituent Assembly elections as per schedule, according to CPN-UML sources.

The two leaders discussed the current political issues in Nepal and the ways to resolve them, Madhav Nepal's private secretary Yadav Sharma said.

Source : PTI
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