PMO refutes media reports regarding agreement in New Delhi to resolve Madhes crisis

KATHMANDU: The government has refuted media reports that there was any written agreement between Nepal and India in New Delhi as how to resolve the current crisis in Nepal due to the protracted agitation in Tarai-Madhes.

A few digital media today claimed that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa, while in New Delhi earlier this week, had made a four-point agreement with the Indian leaderhip in order to to resolve the constitutional issues raised by agitating Madhesi parties.

“Nothing has been agreed in New Delhi as claimed in the reports,” Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s Press Advisor Pramod Dahal told THT Online.

He, however, said that Deputy Prime Minister Thapa had shared the understandings of the Government of Nepal and the key political parties with the Indian side as how to resolve the Madhesi parties’ concerns.

According to the sources, Deputy Prime Minister Thapa had told Indian External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj that positive efforts were made to address the Madhesi parties through the constitutional amendments initiated by the erstwhile Sushil Koirala-led government and redrawing the provincial boundaries within three months based on political consensus and through a political or parliamentary mechanism.

Thapa had visited India from November 30 to December 3.