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
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.