India seeks co-ordination between King, parties says Thapa

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 6

Former prime minister and chairman of the Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP), Surya Bahadur Thapa, on Wednesday said that India wants to see peace and political stability in Nepal. Talking to reporters at his residence in Maligoan after his return from New Delhi, Thapa said that all the leaders he met on his Delhi visit stressed the need for co-ordination between the King and political parties to solve the current crisis. He said his visit did not have a political agenda and he was in Indian capital for a medical check up. He added that the problems in Nepal have to be solved by Nepalis themselves. In response to a query whether he met Maoist leaders in Delhi Thapa said, “ I did not go to meet the Maoist leaders.” When asked about the performance of the government in the last five months, Thapa quipped that this question should be put to Dr Tulsi Giri and not him. During his visit he met among others, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, External affairs minister K Natwar Singh and Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.