With “positive atmospherics” in Indo-Nepal ties which had witnessed a strain in the recent past, India is looking at a “substantive” outcome from Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s four-day visit starting tomorrow.
India, however, wants Nepal to take steps to address the concerns of its citizens, especially those in Tarai, over its newly adopted constitution, as it feels the more the process in this regard gets delayed, the situation will “worsen and can get messy again”.
The caution comes ahead of Prachanda’s visit to India during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Indian leaders.
“Atmospherics and vibes are positive after Dahal, better known as Prachanda, replaced K P Oli who was adamant about not supporting amendment in the constitution,” government sources said, adding that Prachanda has spoken in support of addressing grievances in this regard.
“There is still a lot of uncertainty. The longer the delay, the more complicated it will become,” they said, even as they acknowledged the enormity of the task facing the Nepalese leadership, saying that it is not easy to come to common ground.
They said the passage of a constitution amendment would require two-thirds majority, technically possible but not an easy task for the ruling alliance, but added that they were “reasonable confident that an amendment will be registered”.
If all goes well, the Indian President may visit Nepal and the vice versa, they said, adding that “very, very intensive bilateral engagements” have been going and it reflects the desire of both the countries to step up relationship, putting behind the strain seen earlier.
“These are much better times for relationship, but pitfall remains,” they said.
Both the sides will work to sort out technicalities over hydro-power projects of 6800 MW in Nepal so that these could take off the ground.
On the unrest in Nepal after the new constitution was adopted, they said the Himalayan country then thought that it is better to have a constitution than not having one and problems can be resolved later.
The Indian view was that unrest in a border region like Tarai, will affect Nepal as well as India and it wanted Nepal to address the people’s concerns.