'PM's India visit meaningless before solving internal issues'

KATHMANDU: Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav commented that there would be no meaning of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's India visit before solving internal problems of the nation.

Speaking with journalists at the Reporters' Club in Kathmandu today, Yadav, also coordinator of the Federal Alliance, said, "India itself does not feel good to receive the PM as he will have left all internal issues messed-up here."

"I do not wish that he would go to Delhi, but return as a billi (cat) here," he used the pun to satirise the PM's rush to India before satisfying domestic political forces in Nepal.

"It is very wrong to leave on a visit while leaving all burning issues in the nation unaddressed."

Meanwhile, the bilateral ties between Nepal and India should not be used to change governments in Nepal, Yadav said.

The former Deputy Prime Minister also suggested that it would have been better if the Prime Minister had chosen not to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month.

"It is not necessary that the PM himself should go to the UN meeting. He could also send any minister or lawmaker."

Meanwhile, Yadav accused the government of not taking any initiative to implement the three-point agreement the ruling coalition members Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist Centre had signed with the then United Democratic Madhesi Front and the Federal Alliance before Dahal was elected the Prime Minister.

In a different context, the leader demanded that the government implement the commitments made by PM Dahal before the House yesterday.