Nepal ex-king Gyanendra`s son-in-law leaves for Delhi
Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 20:00
Kathmandu: Former king Gyanendra's son-in- law Raj Bahadur Singh is part of a delegation from Nepal Janta Dal, a close ally of Maoists, that left for New Delhi on Thursday to meet Indian leaders and ask them to soften their stance on the former rebels ahead of the fifth round of voting on August 23.

The four-member delegation led by NJD president Haricharan Shah will meet Indian leaders and apprise them of the latest political situation in the country.

"They will ask India to soften its stance on Maoists," party Dipak Raj Pandey told agency. Singh, who recently joined the party, is also part of the delegation.

The visit assumes significance in the wake of Nepalese lawmakers failing to elect a new Prime Minister in four rounds of voting. The fifth round of voting is scheduled on August 23 and Maoists are trying to forge consensus among political parties to end the deadlock.

Maoist chairman Prachanda and Nepali Congress Vice President Ramchandra Poudyal have been vying for the post.

"During the visit, they will try to get a sense of India's attitude towards the Nepalese Maoists and to resume dialogue between India and the Maoists," Pandey told PTI.

"We should make effort so that Nepal's Maoists remain in the peace process and they should not return to the jungle which would send negative message to the extremists working in India," he added.

It is speculated by political analysts here that the visit might be aimed at winning India's confidence in favour of a Maoist-led government in Nepal.

It is also learnt that leader NJD chairman Shah had twice met Prachanda ahead of his departure to Delhi for consultations.

The team led by Shah will meet JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Congress' Digvijay Singh, former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and BJP leader Rajnath Singh.

They will also try to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their three-day visit, party sources said.

Nepal's Parliament is deadlocked over the election of the Prime Minister for four consecutive terms as third largest party CPN-UML, Madhesi parties and most of other smaller parties have remained neutral during the votings.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar, who had resigned from the top post on June 30, has not yet been relieved from his post due to the political deadlock.


First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 20:00

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