PM Da­hal to visit Delhi from 15 Septem­ber

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Prime Min­is­ter Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal seems to be well aware not to re­peat the mis­takes he com­mit­ted while lead­ing the first govern­ment of Repub­lic of Nepal in 2008 by vis­it­ing Bei­jing prior to his New Delhi trip. His Bei­jing trip dur­ing the con­clu­sion cer­e­mony of the Olympics, which was a breach of tra­di­tion, re­sulted in the col­lapse of his govern­ment in nine months. Al­most all prime min­is­ters of Nepal visit New Delhi first af­ter as­sum­ing the high of­fice. This time he is vis­it­ing New Delhi in one-and-a-half months he as­sumed the high of­fice. If all goes well, Prime Min­is­ter Da­hal will set to em­bark on a three­day of­fi­cial visit to In­dia from Septem­ber 15. The date for Prime Min­is­ter Da­hal's maiden In­dia visit was con­firmed by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs Bi­mal­en­dra Nidhi, who is cur­rently in New Delhi, and In­dian of­fi­cials. Da­hal was elected Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal on Au­gust 3. Nidhi, in the ca­pac­ity of a spe­cial en­voy of PM Da­hal held talks with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sat­ur­day and dis­cussed PM Da­hal's visit to In­dia among oth­ers is­sues. Nidhi also held talks with In­dian Min­is­ter for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Sushma Swaraj and Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh. One of the main agen­das of Nidhi's visit to In­dia was to fix the date for PM Da­hal's Delhi visit. PM Da­hal will re­turn from In­dia on Septem­ber 17 af­ter hold­ing a meet­ing with his In­dian coun­ter­part Modi and some high-level po­lit­i­cal meet­ings. Of­fi­cials at In­dia's Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs said that PM Da­hal con­veyed his de­sire to speed up devel­op­ment works in Nepal un­der In­dian as­sis­tance rather than fo­cus­ing on po­lit­i­cal and di­plo­matic mat­ters and sought help from the In­dian side for the same, a news re­port car­ried by the Kathmandu Post read. It is ex­pected that a ma­jor project will be signed be­tween Nepal and In­dia dur­ing PM Da­hal's visit. Apart from that, PM Da­hal has sent a long list of agree­ments he wants to sign dur­ing his visit. Of­fi­cials said both sides were pre­par­ing to con­clude the de­tailed project re­port of the much-awaited Panchesh­wor Multi-pur­pose Project, fi­nalise ad­di­tional In­dian as­sis­tance for earth­quake vic­tims and ex­pe­dite works of Postal Road and Nepal Po­lice Academy un­der In­dian as­sis­tance. Ac­cord­ing to a source, the In­dian lead­ers will seek clar­i­fi­ca­tions on the Kathmandu-Ni­j­gad fast track which the pre­vi­ous govern­ment had de­cided to build by the Nepal govern­ment scrap­ping a con­tract bid reached with an In­dian com­pany. DPM Nidhi had had handed over the con­tract to build the fast track to an In­dian com­pany when he was look­ing af­ter the port­fo­lio of the Phys­i­cal In­fras­truc­ture and Works Min­istry in the Sushil Koiralaled govern­ment. How­ever, if any act is made to al­ter the de­ci­sion made by the Oli-led govern­ment is sure to in­vite con­fronta­tion in Nepal and Da­hal may not dare to touch the is­sue. Even af­ter as­sum­ing the high of­fice he said that he would make no al­ter­na­tion to the de­ci­sion taken by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment to build the fast track.

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