Solution to Madhesi problem soon: Nepal PM Prachanda

Calling his talks yesterday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi \"very successful\", Prachanda said Nepal\'s peace process has the goodwill and encouragement of India.

Published: 17th September 2016 11:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2016 11:38 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal 'Prachanda' today said a solution to the Madhesi problem was in sight soon as his government was holding sincere talks with the community, noting legitimate demands will be accommodated within the framework of the Constitution.

Calling his talks yesterday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi "very successful", Prachanda said Nepal's peace process has the goodwill and encouragement of India.

"We are holding talks with them (Madhesis). Before coming here, we had a meeting with them. Talks are going forward in a cordial environment. I am confident that a positive solution to the problem will be found soon," Prachanda told a select group of journalists.

He, however, refused to give a timeline in arriving at the solution. He said after finding the solution to the demands of the Madhesi community, the Constitution will emerge as a historical achievement for all sections.

The Madhesi community, mostly Indian origin, have been strongly opposing certain provisions of the Constitution, saying they will politically marginalised the community.

The Madhesis have been seeking India's intervention on the issue. The Nepalese Prime Minister said his government will take on board all sections of the Nepalese society in implementing the Constitution, adding "we will accommodate legitimate demands within the framework of the Constitution."

He said he had come to India with a "definite purpose" and that the visit has been very successful, adding there is a convergence between India's neighbourhood first policy and his government's top priority in improving ties with the neighbours.

"Trust and understanding are fundamental elements of any bilateral ties," he said.

There was chill in Nepal's ties with India during tenure of previous government headed by K P Sharma Oli. Asked whether India was not supporting the peace process, he retorted "do not twist things" adding amendment to the Constitution is an internal process.

Prachanda said Nepal's Constitution has been promulgated after a painful transition and its implementation will provide for a solid foundation for democratic, inclusive and justice based polity in the country for which its people had tirelessly fought for.

"As we embark on the phase of implementation of the Constitution, there will be consolidation of peace, stability and inclusiveness democracy in Nepal," he said.

Asked about allegations that India had extended support to the Madhesi agitation, he said "I have never seen Madhesi agitation by linking it with anyone. I was also leader of Madhesi protest."

On Nepal's ties with China, he said Nepal wants a "balanced relationship" with both India and China. Asked about reports that a planned visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kathmandu has not materialised due to some issues, Prachanda said talks are on about the high-level visit. "There was no dispute. We hope the high-level visit will happen soon."

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