Kathmandu, April 28:

A section of the seven party-alliance leaders today met with visiting Indian Leftist leader Sitaram Yechuri at a dinner in the capital today. Yechuri, who arrived here on Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s invitation will address a press meet tomorrow and outline the support the Indian side is likely to extend to Nepal.

Those who met Yechuri are Nepali Congress(D) president Sher Bahadur Deuba, vice-president of the party Gopal Man Shrestha and another central leader Pradeep Giri. NC Leader Chakra Prasad Bastola, UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhala Nath Khanal, among others, met the Indian leader. Sources said that the meeting is part of a continuing series of meetings with Indian Left leaders and their Nepali counterparts to bring Maoists to the mainstream.

“They have helped us so far. Maybe, Yechuri has come with further development plans and message from rebel leaders,” a source said.

The source added this visit would go a long way in furthering peace prospects in Nepal. They also discussed finer points of the peace road map, which has already gone into implementation. The leaders also spoke about how fast the election to a constituent assembly could be held.