Keep nat’l interest in mind during India visit: Ex-PMs to Dahal

Published On: September 13, 2016 01:40 PM NPT By: Tek Narayan Bhattarai  | @Teknarayan_

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: Former Prime Ministers on Tuesday suggested to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal not to forget national interest during his imminent India visit. 

Dahal held a meeting with the former prime ministers of Nepal to garner advice on his upcoming India visit at his official residence in Baluwatar today.

In the meeting former prime ministers advised PM Dahal to expedite the bilateral ties and past agreements signed with the southern neighbor, taking the interest of Nepal and Nepali people in mind.

PM Dahal is embarking on a four-day official visit to India on Thursday.

This is Dahal’s first official visit to India after assuming office as Prime Minister.

Present in the meeting were former Prime Ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai, Lokendra Bahadur Chand while former Prime Ministers KP Sharma Oli  and Jhalanath Khanal did not turn up in the meeting.

Former Prime Minister and coordinator of Naya Shakti Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai submitted his ten-point written suggestions to Dahal.  

Among which, one point suggested on prescribing new way of enrolling and emphasizing the economic growth. 

“We should no longer beg from the foreigners for economic development. We should not focus on Line of Credit rather than grant assistance and bilateral trade relations. And this should be done with India too. In regards to big infrastructural projects, we should adopt a policy of constructing on our own through soft loan. Nepal should construct the much-talked Kathmandu-Nijgadh Fast Track by taking soft loan from India or other countries,” reads the point.

According to Personal Secretary to PM Dahal, Ramesh Malla, CPN-UML Chairman and former PM Oli met PM Dahal separately.



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