India to extend support for upcoming polls: Former Envoy Upadhyay

KATHMANDU: Nepal's erstwhile Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay has asserted that the southern neighbour will extend full support for upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections.

Addressing an interaction programme in the Capital, on Tuesday, NC leader Uphadyay said India has taken a broader leftist alliance normally.

"This alliance seems to be forged for winning upcoming polls, it not wise to put false accusation on anyone referring to leftist alliance. We all should be responsible for holding State Assemblies and House of Representatives," Upadhyay added.

"India has officially said they would extend their support for the polls, so, we should not be too susceptible towards our southern neighbour," former ambassador added.

"Currently, Nepal-India relation is smooth, people will judge my performance of two-year stint as a diplomat," Upadhayay shared.

He also clarified that he could contest in upcoming polls from Kapilvastu as his resignation has already been accepted by the Council of Ministers.

He insisted that Nepali Congress should have contested elections on its own rather than forging electoral alliance with other parties.

"Winning or losing are part and parcel of elections, more importantly, the Nation, People and Democracy have to win," former diplomat clarified.

Finally, NC leader Upadhyay said he is ready to contest elections as per the party's decision.