Nepali leaders in Delhi to attend Satyagraha centenary

New Delhi, January 29:

Leaders of different political parties of Nepal are here to attend a special function organised by India’s Congress (I) to mark the centenary of the Satyagraha movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa.

Those arriving here include Nepali Congress general secretary Ram Chandra Poudel, Nepali Congress-D’s Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, Pradip Giri and Arjun Thapa, and CPN (UML)’s Jhalanath Khanal and Pradip Gyawali.

NC leader Poudel said he will hold discussions with Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherji on Nepal’s political issues tomorrow. The subject matter of discussions would include the Terai unrest, peace process in Nepal and bilateral issues, he said. He is also scheduled to meet senior leaders of the Congress (I) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he added.

Nepali Congress-D leaders are scheduled to meet Pranab Mukherji and the president of the Socialist International, George Pepenjirol, tomorrow evening, said UML leader Thapa.

CPN (Maoist) leader CP Gajurel has also arrived here to inaugurate the first national conference of the Maoist-affiliated Janaadhikar Surakshya Samitee, the president of the Samitee, Laxman Pant, said.

Poudel has, meanwhile, said that accepting the demands of the Madhesis such as a proportionate election system and a federal state was not a problem. Addressing a programme of the Nepali Congress-affiliated Nepali Janasamparka Samitee Bharat, he said just a little homework will clear the path to them. He also said the Terai problem ought to be solved in a political way. The eight political parties are ready to follow the modality of the “federal system”, he said. There is no ideological difference over both the issues and a commission will be formed for the purpose, he said.

The programme was addressed by Nepali Congress leader Tirtharam Dangol and president of Janasamparka Samittee Bharat Yadunath Pandey, among others.