Security along Indo-Nepal border tightened

November 14th, 2007 - 2:23 am ICT by admin  
“Patrolling is always done. Now, we have added more forces. Our dog squads are also there on the border. We have introduced new gadgets to our force. Along with that we have also alerted our intelligence network to gain information,” said S. Bandhopadhya, Deputy Inspector General, Seema Sashtra Bal (SSB) today.

On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee called for holding of early elections in Nepal.

“As far as the question of the future of Nepal is concerned, it should be a collective effort with a social objective. The interim government should immediately start the democratic process to conduct the polls. After the elections, let the Constituent Assembly decide the future of the monarchy,” Mukherjee said on the sidelines of a seminar.

Elections in Nepal have been delayed after the ruling eight-party coalition failed to break a political deadlock over a Maoist demand for declaring Nepal a republic immediately and for polls to be based on proportional representation.

The Maoists walked out on Government last month, saying King Gyanendra and his supporters were trying to sabotage the Constituent Assembly vote, which had been set for November 22.

On Sunday, Nepal’s interim Parliament delayed a debate on a motion by the Maoists to immediately abolish the monarchy. The Government has vowed to defeat the move, which could shake the peace process in the country.

The motion was expected to be dropped as the Maoists have 83 out of 329 seats in the body. (ANI)

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