KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has assured the leaders of Madhes-based parties that India would show a higher level of courteousness in dealing with Nepal's development and other internal issues.
Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic Chairman Bijay Gachhadar, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party Chairman Mahantha Thakur, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav, Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato, Tarai Madhesh Sadbhawana Party Chairman Mahendra Ray Yadav, Rastriya Madhes Samajwadi Party Chairman Sharad Singh Bhandari, among others, were present in the meeting with PM Koirala.
The leaders had made it to the prime minister's residence in Baluwatar to submit a memorandum concerning the issues to be raised during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal on August 3. The memorandum urges the government to proceed with partnership with India on a number of development projects, including the hydropower sector.
Referring to the recent statement of India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that India would comply with whatever Nepal thought is better for it, Koirala said, "India's new government has already started to show its generosity and humbleness towards Nepal. This is good news for all of us."
On the occasion, Prime Minister Koirala urged one and all to take Modi's Nepal visit as an opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two friendly neighbours. "We should take all we can from Modi's visit next week," Koirala said.