Modi will visit Nepal as soon as Oli becomes prime minister: Gyawali

Pradip Gyawali

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: CPN-UML Secretary, Pradip Gyawali on Sunday said that Indian Prime Minister will visit Nepal as soon as KP Sharma Oli becomes the new prime minister of Nepal.

The Indian Prime Minister, after the completion of three tiers of election in Nepal, had held separate telephone conversations with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN (Maoist Center) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and UML Chair Oli to congratulate on successful conduction of election. Modi, later, called Oli for the second time and congratulated him on election success, which the left alliance swept and even expressed his eagerness to welcome Oli in India. Oli, in return, also wrote to Modi on the occasion of 69th Republic Day of India and expressed that he was willing to cooperate with India.

“Both Oli and Modi have invited each other during the telephone conversation. Thus, we can expect Modi coming to Nepal soon after Oli becomes the prime minister,” said Gyawali at an interaction program at the Reporters’ Club Nepal.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj came to Nepal on a two-day visit last week. Swaraj, during her stay in capital, held meetings with President Bidya Devi Bhandari, PM Deuba, Oli, Dahal and Madhes-centric leaders; and gave message that India wants to enhance bilateral partnership with Nepal.

Gyawali said that Swaraj’s visit to Nepal helped further strengthen diplomatic ties. “Swaraj brought message from Modi to Nepal. Any mistrust has been cleared now,” he added.

He also urged not to make any negative comments regarding Swaraj’s visit to Nepal. “Some leaders criticized Swaraj’s visit citing it inappropriate just ahead of transferring of powers. But it is not necessary. ”

“In the past, Nepali leaders would go to India before forming new government. But now, this trend has broken. It’s a very positive message,” he furthered.

Gyawali also asked to clear doubt about unification process and added that the formation of new government and unification with Maoist Center will be finalized before Mid-March.