KATHMANDU, July 13: A team of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has met CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.
NRNA Executive Chairman Kul Acharya and a team including Dr Badri KC met Former PM Oli on Tuesday. Oli said that the UML was positive about granting citizenship to NRNs.
Oli expressed the view that the non-resident Nepalis should have a continuation of citizenship in line with the belief ‘once a Nepali, always a Nepali’. He said that NRNs can enjoy all rights except for the political rights.
Similarly, Oli said that it would be appropriate to grant citizenship to non-resident Nepalis with economic, social and cultural rights in the spirit of the constitution. He also suggested that those who want to enter Nepal's politics can do so by renouncing foreign citizenship.
During the meeting, Acharya said that the main demand of Nepalis living abroad was dual citizenship and stressed the need to grant citizenship to NRNs in accordance with the spirit of the constitution. Acharya said that the acquisition of citizenship by NRNs would help in the economic, social and cultural spheres of the country.
CPN-UML leader Bishnu Poudel and other NRNA officials were present in the meeting. The NRNA team had a meeting with CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal, Law Minister Govinda Prasad Sharma Koirala and others. The government is preparing to present the Citizenship Bill on Non-Resident Nepalis in Parliament on Wednesday.
The NRNA has been demanding dual citizenship for Nepalis living abroad since its inception. The association is confident that if the bill presented in parliament is passed, the demands of Nepalis living abroad for citizenship will be partially addressed.