'Seeking to resolve the lingering political stalemate in Nepal, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday appealed to opposition parties, including Prachanda's UCPN-Maoist, to settle the crisis through dialogue and be a part of constitution drafting process.
Nepal plunged deeper into crisis on Friday after feuding politicians, throwing microphones and shoes, failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution, seen as a key step to stability in the Himalayan buffer state wedged between Asian powers China and India.Opposition party lawmakers stormed the well of parliament late on Thursday to prevent the ruling coalition from pushing ahead with a vote to salvage the draft of a charter marred by political rivalries."Political leaders must explain to people why they failed to fulfil their commitment," said Subas Nemwang, chairman of the Constituent Assembly tasked with preparing the charter.
The United Nations on Wednesday asked Nepal's warring political parties to put aside their narrow interests and focus on writing a new constitution that is based on a broad consensus and inclusiveness.
Nepal's Vice President Parmananda Jha, who had got into trouble for taking oath of office in Hindi, today suggested that the language be added to the list of six official languages in the United Nations.
A meeting of the 19-party alliance led by UCPN (Maoist) on Sunday decided to strongly retaliate if the new constitution is bulldozed through majority votes without considering the rights of minorities including the Madhesis.
Nepal Vice President Parmanand Jha on Thursday lauded India's late educationist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya on his birth anniversary, saying he taught value based education to the world which is still relevant.
In a photo-op that appeared to belie the recent animosity between the two neighbours, PM Narendra Modi and Nawab Sharif kept their handshake for several seconds and chatted, smiling all the while, as Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the host of the SAARC Summit, looked on happily.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night returned here after a three-day visit to Nepal where he attended the SAARC summit and held bilateral talks with leaders of a host of neighboring countries.