Indian leaders for consolidation of democracy in Nepal

Indian leaders with Koirala

KATHMANDU: The Indian leaders whom Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala had meetings in India on Tuesday have laid emphasis on the consolidation of democracy thereby holding the Constituent Assembly election on slated time in Nepal.

During the high level meetings, the Indian leaders suggested NC President Koirala for the political stability, peace and prosperity in Nepal, according to NC General Secretary Prakash Man Singh who is accompanying President Koirala in the India visit.

In this connection, President Koirala met with Congress I Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. On the occasion, Chairperson Gandhi said India was for the consolidation of multi-party democracy in Nepal.

Quoting her, leader Singh said, “Democracy can be institutionalized only when the CA election is held on the slated date.”

On the occasion, President Koirala said the political parties, including the NC, in Nepal were making utmost efforts to involve the dissenting political parties in the CA election. They were for making the CA election a success, for it would let the country free from crisis.

During the meeting, issues as strengthening of the bilateral relations and the relations between the NC and Congress I was discussed, General Secretary Singh said, adding that leader Gandhi reminded the contribution NC leader BP Koirala and others made in the Indian struggle for freedom.

General Secretary Singh further said NC President Koirala invited Congress I Chairperson Gandhi to visit Nepal, and she wished to visit Nepal after the elections in India.

Another General Secretary Krishna Sitaula was also together with President Koirala during the meeting with leader Sonia Gandhi.

Similarly, President Koirala attended a lunch with Indian Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid where discussion was held on strengthening the two-country relations.

Minister Khurshi too stressed on the CA election on time in Nepal. He further said the Indian government was ready to extend help to Nepal for the CA elections.

President Koirala is to going to meet other leaders including the Chairperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party.