Modi invites CPN-UML chair to visit India

Kathmandu, December 21

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held separate telephonic conversations with Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Modi congratulated the PM on successfully and peacefully holding three polls — local, provincial and parliamentary — within a short period. “Modi also congratulated the PM on ending the protracted political transition in the country under his leadership,” said the PM’s Press Coordinator Govinda Pariyar.

Modi also congratulated Oli on the left alliance’s huge success in the elections and said it had strengthened democracy in Nepal. The Indian PM also hoped that the left alliance’s victory would ensure political stability and economic development in the country, according to a statement issued by the UML.

“Inviting Oli to visit India immediately after formation of the new government, the Indian PM said he was eager to welcome Oli,” read the UML statement.

Oli told the Indian PM that he was focused on stability, strengthening democracy, good governance and economic development, and would work to maintain friendly relations with neighbouring countries.

“Stating that he will work towards cooperating with India and China for peace and prosperity, Oli also invited the Indian PM for Nepal visit, and said he would send an official invitation to the Indian PM immediately after the formation of the new government,” read the UML statement. Oli also congratulated Modi on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s success in the recently-held elections in Indian states, including Gujarat.

In his conversation with CPN-MC Chairperson Dahal, the Indian PM congratulated him on the left alliance’s victory in the recently-held parliamentary and provincial elections, according to Dahal’s Personal Secretary Jog Bahadur Mahara.