HLPCC tells PM to consider national interests during India visit

KATHMANDU: The High Level Political Coordination Committee (HLPCC) on Sunday urged the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to consider national interests during his soon-to-be-held India visit.

The alliance of parties in the government held a meeting on Sunday evening and directed the Prime Minister to prioritise national interests and improve bilateral relations during his maiden visit as the chief executive of the nation to the southern neighbour.

UCPN-Maoist General Secretary Krishna Bahadur Mahara told reporters after the meeting that the panel also directed the government make its programmes and activities more effective to serve needs of the people.

"People are not satisfied with performance of the government," Mahara said, "The government should do more works (to improve the performance)."

He, however, maintained that the Committee had realised the tough time the government was currently going through.

The Committee, headed by the UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also decided to continue talks with the protesting Madhesi parties in a bid to solve the current political unrest.

The Committee had held the meeting today after weeks. It, however, decided today to regularly hold meetings to discuss performance of the government, according to Mahara.

Earlier, this morning, the Committee members had sat for a discussion. They, however, had failed to make any concrete decision.