KATHMANDU, March 14: Senior leader of Bharitiya Janata Party, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, has said he is hopeful that both Nepal and Indian government will receive the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report after the General Elections.
The EPG, a joint mechanism consisting of experts and intellectuals from Nepal and India to study and report and the overall relations between the two neighbors including 1950 Peace and Friendship Treaty, trade, environment, border and hydropower, came up with a single joint report during its ninth meeting on June 30. The term of EPG expired on July 4 last year.
The report is to be submitted to both prime ministers for consideration. Various media have reported that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not happy with some of the recommendations of the joint report and thus is reluctant to meet the EPG members.
Koshiyari, India coordinator of EPG, clarified that the Indian PM Modi will receive the report once the election is over.
“Indian government has ho dissatisfaction toward the EPG report,” he told Reporters’ Club Nepal President Rishi Dhamala, who is in New Dehli.
“PM Modi has remained very busy these days for his election campaign. Therefore, he has not been able to meet the EPG members. After the election is over, he will receive the report,” he added.
The Indian General Election, which will constitute 17th Lok Shaba, is scheduled to be held in in 7 phases from 11 April 2019 to 19 May 2019.
He also claimed that the report will address all the problems surfaced in India-Nepal relations.
“We did hard work to prepare this report. EPG report will be a milestone document. There is no doubt about it.”” he said.
He further said that the bilateral relation between Nepal and India is positive.
“India will always extend its support in the development and prosperity of Nepal,” he added.