India 'reaffirms support for inclusive Nepal' to Madhesi leaders

KATHMANDU: Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Sunday evening held a meeting with leaders from major Madhesi parties of Nepal and assured India's support to them.

Top leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front - Upendra Yadav, Mahantha Thakur, Rajendra Mahato and Mahendra Raya Yadav - are in New Delhi to apprise the Indian leaders of their ongoing agitation in the Tarai districts of Nepal.

Swaraj affirmed the support to the Madhesi leaders amid wide speculations that India has a hand in fuelling the protests in Nepal that began around three months ago over Nepal's new Constitution.

She also called for "broad-based ownership of Constitution and encouraged speedy political solution and return to normalcy on that basis," MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

EAM @SushmaSwaraj called for broad based ownership of Constitution & encouraged speedy political solution & return 2 normalcy on that basis

— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 6, 2015

EAM @SushmaSwaraj meets Madhesi Morcha leaders in New Delhi. Reaffirms support for an inclusive Nepal. pic.twitter.com/8JHMuemDrg — Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 6, 2015

For last two months, the Indo-Nepal border points have been blocked. While Nepal has been accusing its southern neighbour of imposing an unofficial blockade, India has been claiming that the problem existed due to political dissatisfaction among Madhesis of Nepal.  It has been urging Nepal to seek the political solution through dialogues.