Relations with India must improve: Khadka

POKHARA: Nepali Congress leader Purna Bahadur Khadka today said unity among political parties could reform the relations between Nepal and India.

Speaking to mediapersons today, Khadka argued, “If the government or any other single party assures it will improve relations with the southern neighbour at this critical time, it is next to impossible.

Hence, tremendous efforts should be made to revive the relationship.” He said a clear pact including the agendas of security, prosperity and national economy has to be developed at the earliest.

“Humanitarian crisis has emerged in Nepal due to the unofficial blockade. Political and diplomatic relations with the neighbouring country should be improved by establishing national unity,” he claimed.

He claimed that as the country’s biggest and trustworthy party the NC had to take the lead to renew relations with India. He also said that the government needed to address the genuine demands of the agitating Madhesi forces.

“We have drafted a flexible constitution that can be amended when necessary. Delineating provincial boundary was problematic in the hills as well.

Hence, it should be addressed through constitutional federal commission, he proposed. Khadka said the new constitution was the best one, as it had ensured more than 50 fundamental rights. “It was unfortunate that the three major parties split after promulgation of the new statute,” he argued.

He also said that constitution implementation had been affected as the major parties, which contributed to the promulgation of the new constitution did not stay together.

Khadka slammed the jumbo council of ministers. “The KP Oli-led government is unstable and vulnerable. It has failed to curb black-marketing and keep prices down,” he alleged.