Early polls for Constituent Assembly will benefit Nepal, says Saran

November 14th, 2007 - 2:08 am ICT by admin  
The polls that will elect the Constituent Assembly, which will decide the fate of monarchy in the Himalayan country, have been postponed.

Any decision taken by the people of Nepal will be acceptable to New Delhi, but that must be through the Constituent Assembly, said Saran.

Interacting with journalists at the end of his three-day visit to Nepal, Saran stressed on the need for holding the polls to elect the Constituent Assembly at the earliest.

He said free and fair polls are essential for the success of the peace process, adding that India is ready to help Nepal in all aspects of the process.

India gives high importance to peace process and elections in Nepal, Saran said.

He said that the elections must pave way for democratic, stable and prosperous Nepal.

Saran, who is visiting Nepal on the invitation of Nepal government, expressed hope that his talks with the Nepalese leadership would be fruitful and the peace process would not fail in Nepal.

During his visit, Saran met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, Maoist Chairman Prachanda, Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, Rastriya Janashakti Party Chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Pashupati Shumsher Rana, among the top leaders.

About the Terai issue, Saran said that the recent movement was the result of marginalisation of the Terai community, but he termed the armed outfits operating in the Terai districts as criminal groups, who want to take advantage of the country’s fluid political situation.

Saran said both India and Nepal are in consultation on the issue and controlling the criminal activities across the border. (ANI)

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