Modi Speaks To Prachanda, Assures India’s Full Support

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to Nepal’s newly-elected Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda to congratulate him and assured India’s full support.

During the telephonic conversation, Modi also invited him to India. “Spoke to Nepal’s PM-elect Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ ji & congratulated him. Assured him of our full support & invited him to India,” Modi tweeted.

Prachanda was elected by lawmakers as Nepal’s Prime Minister for a second time and his elevation is expected to bring much-needed political stability in the country bogged down by deep divisions over the new Constitution.

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India also has its reasons to be relieved given that it has had an anxious relationship with the Himalayan nation, under Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, after the promulgation of a new constitution last September.

Though known to have an anti-India stance, according to observers, Prachanda seems to have softened his position and his elevation may be good for Indo-Nepal ties which experienced turbulence under Oli.

His party also signed a three-point agreement with the Madhesi Front to secure support from the Madhesi parties for their bid to form a new government led by him.

PTI