PM Koirala cancels New York trip, DPM Singh likely to lead Nepali delegation to UNGA

UPDATE: It has been learned that Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh is likely to lead the Nepali delegation in the United Nations General Assembly after Prime Minister Sushil Koirala cancelled his scheduled trip.

The Nepali delegation will fly to New York today.

Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae, who returned from New Delhi today, called on Prime Minister Koirala at the latter's official residence in Baluwatar.



PM Koirala not flying to US for UNGA : Source

KATHMANDU: Considering the domestic political situation, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has decided not to take part in the United Nations General Assembly, a highly placed source told THT Online.

Koirala was scheduled to fly to New York today late afternoon.

The House was prorogued to allow the Prime Minister to attend the UNGA and hold the prime ministerial elections in new House session as per the provisions in new Constitution after he would return.

Top leaders of three major parties --Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist-- yesterday evening had discussed various issues including the purported dialogue with the agitating Madheshi parties and PM's visit to UN.

Koirala had met United Democratic Madheshi Front leaders Mahantha Thakur yesterday and asked him to come to the table for talks in order to resolve the concerns of Madheshi parties regarding Constitution peacefully.

The top leaders had met Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar also.

According to sources, Koirala would fly to New York if he was certain to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi there.

Leaders of UML and UCPN-Maoist suggested that the PM should cancel his visit if he could not meet Modi, said sources, according to sources, mandating PM Koirala to take decision about it.