Consensus possible only through dialogue: India

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Consensus possible only through dialogue: India

Feb 25, 2015-

India’s Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday that it believes that solutions and consensus among the Nepali political parties would come through dialogue among themselves.

The statement also corroborated the same spirit that the two recent statements made by Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and the ruling Bharitya Janata Party, after a BJP Vice-president Renu Yadav called for reinstatement of Hindu state and made a statement against the ethnicity-based federalism during her Kathmandu sojourn some one week back.

The remarks on Wednesday was made by State Minister for External Affairs Gen Vijay Kumar Singh while furnishing a reply in India’s Lok Sabha over the issue of political instability in Nepal tabled by two BJP parliamentarians—Yogi Aditya Nath and Nalin Kumar Kateel.

Our engagement with Nepal is broad-based, said the statement, adding “we extend our full moral and material support to Nepal in its transition to a constitutional federal democratic republic and a prosperous economy.”

“It is our expectation that Nepalese leaders will continue to work together in the final stage of the peace process, in drawing up a Constitution that honours past understandings as well as the mandate of the elections.” Indian politicians and officials including PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj have repeatedly stressed dialogue, consensus and flexibility while drafting the new constitution in Nepal, insisting the political choices that Nepal makes for itself is its internal matter.

“More than one year has passed since the convening of the second Constituent Assembly in January 2014,” said the state minister in his remarks, adding that India believes in a shared future of our neighbourhood and a democratic, stable and a prosperous Nepal is in our mutual interest.

They had tabled three questions regarding Nepal’s political instability and sought the latest political position of India on Nepal. The first one was whether the Indian government has made any assessment of the reported political instability in Nepal and if so, the details thereof.

The second one was whether the said situation is likely to pose any threat to India’s national security and if so, the details and preventive steps taken/proposed to be taken by the Indian government.

The third was about the effort made by India to restore peace, political stability and tranquillity in the region.

Published: 26-02-2015 06:05

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