Nepal's internal problems will end soon, Prime Minister KP Oli says

The Times of India


(THE TIMES OF INDIA) Promising to end Nepal's internal problems soon, Prime Minister KP Oli on Tuesday said the proposed political committee to address the demands of the Madhesis will be formed before his fence-mending India visit this week.

Underlining that the Constitution is not an "unchangeable document", Oli, while addressing the Parliament, said, "It is necessary to take forward the Constitution amendment motion based on the actual necessity and suggestions put forth by the political committee."

Oli said the proposed political committee to address the demands of the Madhesis would be formed prior to his departure to India on February 19, the Kathmandu Post reported.

He said Nepal's internal problems will be resolved soon as the committee would come up with its suggestions on federal state border demarcation within three months.

The prime minister reiterated that the new Constitution has institutionalised the federal democratic republic and the rights of people.

Oli also informed the Parliament about his maiden visit to India and said the trip would be focused on improving ties that had soured recently.

Oli, who is leaving on Friday for a six-day visit to India, said he will focus on promoting national interest during his upcoming trip. He said he will not sign any agreement undermining national interest during his visit.

The prime minister said he will utilise the tour as an opportunity to mend ties.

"My visit will focus on further enhancing the friendly ties with India," he said, adding that, "Nepal and India are (ready) for a fresh beginning of their age-old bond."

Oli said any "misunderstanding" between the two countries will be cleared during his visit.

The Prime Minister will lead a 46-member delegation that will include Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa, Finance Minister Bishnu Poudyal and Energy Minister Top Bahadur Rayamajhi. Over 20 businessmen will also be part of his delegation.

After holding high level talks in New Delhi, the Prime Minister will also visit Gujarat before coming back to Mumbai, where he will address the Indian business community.

In Gujarat, Oli will observe post-quake reconstruction works, sources at the Prime Minister's office said.

Oli's remarks come after the United Democratic Madhesi Front, the four-party alliance, earlier this month announced withdrawal of their protests including the border blockade.

The front had launched indefinite agitation protesting against the new Constitution promulgated on September 20 last year, saying it failed to address their concerns over representation and homeland.