Has the Pm's visit to In­dia been suc­cess­ful?

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Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba re­turned home Sun­day evening wrap­ping his five-day state visit to In­dia. His visit to the south­ern neigh­bour was dragged into con­tro­versy in home for his un­nec­es­sary re­marks about the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment dur­ing the joint press con­fer­ence. Dur­ing the joint press con­fer­ence with his In­dian coun­ter­part Naren­dra Modi, Prime Min­is­ter Deuba made men­tion of the failed at­tempt of the gov­ern­ment to en­dorse the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment bill and gave as­sur­ance to the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter that he would make ef­forts to amend the con­sti­tu­tion. He has un­nec­es­sar­ily in­serted the is­sue of Nepal's con­sti­tu­tion in his writ­ten speech which only sparked anger at home. Schol­ars, lead­ers of not only CPN-UML but also Maoist chair­man Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal and NC leader Dr Shekhar Koirala slammed PM Deuba's com­ments on the is­sue of the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment which was fi­nalaised by the Par­lia­ment. Although Prime Min­is­ter Deuba had put a bold view on Nepal China re­la­tions when one of the In­dian Min­is­ter out of nowhere raised the is­sue of China, his views on Nepal's con­sti­tu­tion put his re­marks on China-Nepal in the shadow. Deuba had told the par­tic­i­pants of the Civic Re­cep­tion of the Nepali PM by In­dia Foun­da­tion that China is a good friend of Nepal while re­spond­ing to a query of union min­is­ter Ram Vi­lash Paswan. But Deuba's re­tort was not wel­comed. When Paswan ac­cused China of “swal­low­ing' Ti­bet, and as­sured that “In­dia will not let that hap­pen to Nepal”, Deuba said tersely: “China is a good friend of Nepal … China has al­ways re­spected Nepal's sovereignty.” Deuba also man­aged to avoid any un­wanted sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the Dok­lam ten­sion be­tween In­dia and China dur­ing his visit. Like­wise, the agree­ment reached be­tween Nepal and In­dia dur­ing Deuba's In­dia

visit re­gard­ing the Koshi high dam has also drawn flaks from pub­lic as well as politi­cians. Although the visit was said to be a state visit, no one-to-one talks were held be­tween Deuba and Modi for no ap­par­ent rea­son. In­stead, the two PMs held an un­sched­uled tea talks on the day Deuba landed in New Delhi. Un­con­firmed sources said In­dian PM skipped the one-to-one talks due to pres­ence of Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Kr­ishna Ba­hadur Ma­hara in Deuba's team be­cause In­dian lead­ers take Ma­hara as proChi­nese leader. Ex­cept for these three events--men­tion­ing of Nepal's con­sti­tu­tion by PM Deuba, agree­ments/ un­der­stand­ing on Koshi high dam and fail­ure to have one-to-one talk with PM Modi, the New Delhi trip of PM Deuba, who has be­come PM for the fourth time with full back­ing of In­dia, re­mained suc­cess­ful. How­ever, Prime Min­is­ter Deuba de­fended all his views and agree­ments signed dur­ing his In­dia visit both at the VVIP lounge of the Trib­hu­van In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the Par­lia­ment. Ap­pris­ing the Leg­is­la­turePar­lia­ment of his five-day state visit to In­dia from Au­gust 23-27, Prime Min­is­ter Deuba Mon­day told the par­lia­ment that since the pro­mul­ga­tion, im­ple­men­ta­tion and ac­cept­abil­ity of the con­sti­tu­tion were the in­ter­nal is­sues of Nepal and Nepali peo­ple, he would not com­pro­mise on the is­sues with any­one or any coun­try. Stat­ing that the com­ments of some po­lit­i­cal par­ties, lead­ers and me­dia out­lets about his ex­pres­sion on the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment made dur­ing the joint press con­fer­ence with his In­dian coun­ter­part Modi in New Delhi drew his at­ten­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter ar­gued that it was not un­nat­u­ral to in­form the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries about Nepal's agenda. “Up­dat­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries about the po­lit­i­cal devel­op­ments of Nepal is not un­nat­u­ral,” the Prime Min­is­ter told the par­lia­ment meet­ing. Ear­lier on Sun­day, speak­ing at a brief press meet or­gan­ised at the VVIP Lounge of the Trib­hu­van In­ter­na­tional Air­port (TIA), PM Deuba said his visit re­mained. He also told jour­nal­ists that he raised the is­sue of the prob­lems faced by the Nepali oil tankers in In­dia and the in­un­da­tion prob­lems in Nepal's Terai. Dur­ing his visit, he also held a meet­ing with Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar Singh of Bi­har.

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