Tension continues, Nepal PM cancels US visit

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Kathmandu: Amid continued tensions in Nepal over its New Constitution, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala had to cancel his plans to visit the US to attend the UN General Assembly session. Promulgation of the new Constitution in Nepal has triggered deadly protests in the Terai areas bordering India. Koirala cancelled his visit to hold talks with the Madhesi and other regional groups opposed to the Constitution adopted on Sunday.

The Madhesi, Tharu and other tribal parties are opposed to the new Nepalese Constitution promulgated Sunday last. More than 40 people have died in southern and western Nepal where Madhesi parties and Tharu ethnic groups have been protesting for more than a month over splitting the country into seven provinces.

India has expressed serious concerns over the situation in Nepal and urged the Koirala Government to take all groups on board and solve the problem politically. Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae, held urgent meeting with Nepalese Prime Minister on Wednesday morning on the ongoing impasse in Nepal between the Government and the agitating people.

United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Kathmandu has also expressed concerns over the violence in Nepal. He has urged all the stakeholders to engage in a meaningful, inclusive and open dialogue. Meanwhile, at least four persons, including a minor, were injured in a police-protester clash in Garuda Municipality of Rautahat district on Wednesday. Locals claimed that police attacked protestors with lathis and boots.

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