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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar calls for water management with Nepal

Calling Prachanda a "capable" leader, Kumar hoped that he will be able to ensure that there are no fresh flare ups or Madhesi agitations in areas of Nepal bordering Bihar.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 15, 2016 10:30 PM
nitish kumar, nititsh kumar shahabuddin, shahabuddin nitish kumar, nititsh kumart statement on shahabuddin release, nitit kumar statement on shahabuddin release Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today raised the issue of floods which hit the state annually with Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and advocated water management to tackle floods and boost hydropower.

Calling Prachanda a “capable” leader, Kumar hoped that he will be able to ensure that there are no fresh flare ups or Madhesi agitations in areas of Nepal bordering Bihar.

He called on Prachanda, who took over as Nepal’s Prime Minister for the second time recently, at the Nepalese embassy here.

“There are many issues. Indo-Nepal ties are unique and special. We have discussed the issues related to the rivers in Bihar that emerge from Nepal. The rivers in north Bihar mainly emerge from Nepal.

“If water management is undertaken properly, it will not only help tackle floods but also boost hydropower and Nepal’s economy,” Kumar told reporters after the meeting.

Kumar said he has also requested the Centre to resume the Patna-Kathmandu flights.

Besides Kumar, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and NCP leader D P Tripathi also called on Prachanda.

“I have conveyed to him that as far as CPM is concerned, it will play its due role in order to ensure that the entire constitutional process in Nepal is completed with the maximum satisfaction to all the sections in Nepal.

“The process of the constitutional amendments should be completed so that there is a political stability in terms of the direction Nepal will be taking,” he said.

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