Mahat urges reforms in Nepal-India ties

Hetauda, November 25

Nepali Congress leader Ram Sharan Mahat today underscored the need to reform bilateral relations between Nepal and India.

Speaking to party activists at Nepali Congress Hetauda office today, Mahat said though Nepali people across the country are facing hard time due to the blockade at the border, the bond between the two countries dates back to the ancient times andshould be revived at the earliest. “The centuries’ long mutual and historical relationship between the countries should be reconsidered soon,” he said.

He argued, “We should not ink any trade agreement with the northern neighbour China by renouncing the centuries’ long ties and trade treaty with India now.

He was of the opinion that the country would not prosper with continuous anarchism, vandalism, strikes and embargo. “Though Nepali Congress is not part of the government, the constitution can’t be amended without the consensus of our party,” he argued.

Mahat, however, said his party would extend necessary support to the govt for formation of the Reconstruction Authority and in ending the blockade.

He also flayed the present coalition government for inducting the highest number of deputy prime ministers. “The DPM posts have been traded to ensure the government’s longevity,” he argued.