Lower House holds discussions about Indian Prime Minister’s recent Nepal visit

KATHMANDU , 14 May 14-  The Monday session of the House of Representatives, the lower house of Federal Parliament, spent time to discuss about the recent State visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Lawmakers presented their views on high- levels meeting, other discussions and agreements took place during the Indian Prime Minister’s recent two-day state visit (May 11-12).
Speaking at a special hour of the meeting, lawmakers from the ruling parties described that the visit was successful in taking the Nepal-India relations to a new height while lawmakers from the main opposition Nepali Congress commented that Modi’s visit was just a religious trip, demanding the implementation of agreements reached between the two countries.
The view of CPN (UML)’s Bhim Rawal was that the visit had added a new dimension to the Nepal-India bilateral ties. He expressed his hope that with the visit the bilateral relations would move ahead on the basis of mutual interests and through an equality approach.”Nepal can take pride in the world regarding its constitution,” he said, seeking corrections of statement given by the Province 2 chief minister during the Indian Prime Minister’s Janakpur visit. The statement was against the diplomatic norms and the spirit of the constitution.
NC lawmaker Dr Amresh Kumar Singh termed the 16-point joint communiqué issued following the Indian Prime Minister’s visit ‘incomplete’ and drew the government’s attention to that end.
Dr Minendra Rijal from the same party was of the opinion that the Nepali people had welcomed the Indian Prime Minister to home, by forgetting the economic blockade imposed by the southern neighbour. Bhimsen Das Pradhan said the Indian Prime Minister’s Nepal visit would be helpful in promoting Nepal’s religious tourism.
CPN (Maoist Center)’s Pampha Bhusal wished for the implementation of remarks put forth by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli before the House, regarding talks and agreements related to his Indian counterpart’s recent Nepal visit.
Federal Socialist Forum Nepal’s Mohammed Istiyak Rai demanded that new budget should lay a focus on economic prosperity in the nation.
Rastriya Janamorcha’s Durga Poudel drew the attention of the government towards inconveniences that Nepali journalists faced for the news collection during the IndianPrime Minister’s visit.

Likewise, Nepal Workers and Peasants’ Party’s Prem Suwal termed the visit ‘unproductive’. He took the time to urge the government to liberate the people from increasing air pollution and problem of terrible traffic jam.

Similarly, CPN (UML)’s Krishna Gopal Shrestha sought the reply from Home Ministry that why people involved in the assault on Madhyapur Thimi Municipality mayor Madan Sundar Shrestha were not arrested yet. Mahesh Basnet from the same party also demanded the arrest of perpetrators in the incident as soon as possible.

NC’s Gagan Kumar Thapa expressed his doubt over the success of Modi’s visit. He questioned whether the Nepali people have forgotten the consequences of the blockade.
Federal Socialist Forum Nepal’s Sarita Giri demanded the government give its attention to the development of entire Madhes in a new budget speech.

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