UML leaders meet Manmohan

India wants to see CA polls held on time

New Delhi, June 5:

The CPN (UML) delegation, which is here since the last one week, today met Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

UML chief Madhav Kumar Nepal led the team, including leaders KP Sharma Oli and Bharat Mohan Adhikari, in the meeting at Dr Singh’s residence.

“Problems have cropped up in Nepal and India wishes to see them resolved and the Constituent Assembly polls held on time”, Dr Singh told the delegation.

On the Tarai problem, Nepal said: “The Indian PM said the problem should be resolved soon.” He said Dr Singh assured them that steps would be taken to check infiltration from across the border during the CA polls.

“Dr Singh said that peace and prosperity of Nepal lies in the best interests of India”, Nepal added.

The Indian PM also told the team that India has no specific stand on monarchy. “Whatever the people of Nepal decide is acceptable to India,” Nepal said, quoting the Indian PM.

Discussions were also held on the Bhutanese refugee issue, bilateral cooperation and the Mahakali Pancheshwor Project.

“We have told the Indian PM that Bhutan should take back its citizens from Nepal and that India should play a cooperative role in this regard. The Indian PM said India is also concerned about the issue”, Nepal said.

The UML delegation also held meetings with Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha, secretary of the Indian External Ministry Shiv Shanker Menon, communist leader AB Bardhan and president of the Janata Dal United Sharad Yadav. The team is scheduled to meet former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjii and BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani tomorrow, Oli said.