Constitution amendment and India visit not interlinked: PM

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the government's Constitution amendment plan and his India visit, beginning tomorrow, were not interlinked.

In a meeting with leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front and the Federal Alliance on the eve of his four-day state visit to the southern neighbour, Dahal said the plan to amend Constitution was solely an internal affair.

"We should find a solution on it (amending the Constitution) after holding discussions at the political level here," PM Dahal's Secretariat quoted Dahal in a statement, "(But), India visit is a diplomatic issue to strengthen the bilateral ties."

"It is very important that we should be clear there is no interconnection between Constitution amendment and India visit."

Meanwhile, Dahal informed the blocs demanding amendments to the charter that both the government and the blocs should attempt to create the environment of trust to effect the Constitution amendment.

"The government is serious about increasing acceptability of the Constitution by amending it."

During the meeting, the leaders extended best wishes to the PM for his India visit and urged him to move ahead with the Constitution amendment process after ironing out internal differences, according to the statement.