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Crisis in Nepal is internal, but unfortunate: Congress

world Updated: May 04, 2009 21:42 IST
Crisis in Nepal is internal

Expressing concern over developments in Nepal, Congress on Monday said that the political crisis there in wake of the sacking of the Army chief was most unfortunate but maintained it's the country's "internal matter".

Commenting on the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's decision to sack the Army chief R Katawal without taking the allies of his government into confidence, party spokesperson M Veerappa Moily said, "It's a coalition government. If you do not take your allies into confidence, you are then inviting trouble."

"We are greatly concerned with developments there. It is most unfortunate. We do not want the process of democratisation should fail in Nepal," Moily added.

"It's an internal matter of Nepal government. UPA government or Congress is not going to interfere in their internal issue," he said.

Moily pleaded ignorance about any meeting between Nepal's former king Gyanendra and Sonia Gandhi. He categorically said, "Neither the Congress party nor the UPA government has anything to do with the political development in Nepal."

He was responding to queries whether Gyanendra's meeting with Sonia could be a reason for his sacking as he was perceived to be close to India.