No discrimination in statute, Oli tells Jolly

Kathmandu, November 26

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Jolly met Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Vice-president of Nepali Congress Ramchandra Paudel separately here today.

According to PM’s Press Adviser Promod Dahal, Oli told Jolly that the constitution had not discriminated against any community. The PM expected India’s help in ending the obstruction in the supply of commodities through border entry points.

According to Dahal, Jolly assured the PM that he would relay his concerns to the Government of India.

Meanwhile, NC Vice-president Paudel today told Jolly that the Madhes agitation and obstruction in supply of commodities were two different things and India should help ensure the supply of goods.

Paudel told this to Jolly when the latter went to meet him here today.

Paudel told THT that he told Jolly the obstruction in supply of commodities had devastating impacts on the national economy and had also affected the reconstruction of structures damaged by the April 25 earthquake.

Paudel said he told Jolly that NC was talking to all sides to resolve the Tarai unrest and was in favour of passing the Constitution Amendment Bill which would address two major concerns of the agitating forces the guarantee of proportional inclusion and delineation of election constituencies on the basis of population.

Paudel said he told Jolly that NC was in favour of holding dialogue on the question of provincial boundaries and settling the issue through a political mechanism later. According to Paudel, Jolly told him that he was aware of his concerns and he would relay them to the government of India.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference organized by Reporters Club here today, Jolly said the key to the resolution of problems in Nepal was in Kathmandu and not in New Delhi.

Jolly said Nepalis needed to resolve their problems in a peaceful manner with open mind and heart. He said he was hopeful that Nepalis would be able to find a solution to the problems. He said India had not imposed any kind of blockade and the obstruction was due to the Tarai unrest.

Jolly said India was worried about anti-India sentiments in Nepal.

He said since India had strategic relations with Nepal, unrest in Nepal could also pose security threat to India.