Madhesi parties opposed to Nepal’s new Constitution on Saturday described Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to India as unsuccessful.
The comment from the United Democratic Madhesi Front, a conglomeration of seven parties from Terai bordering India, comes at a time when Oli himself is claiming the visit as successful in removing strains in bilateral ties.
“In diplomatic terms, the UDMF feels the Prime Minister’s India visit was unsuccessful,” said a release issued by the front.
Failure of both sides to issue a joint statement at the conclusion of Oli’s visit and inking of deals which had already been cleared in 2009 were cited as some examples of why the visit failed to have any impact.
Oli had undertaken a six-day state visit to India beginning February 19. During his stay, he met President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. The UDMF, which wants fresh demarcation of federal boundaries to include two states in Terai, had its first meeting in Kathmandu on Sunday after three more parties had joined it recently.
The parties have formed a secretariat comprising senior leaders to decide on the future course of their agitation and nature of protests.
Talking to HT earlier this week, Upendra Yadav, chairman of Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal, had stated that they could impose another blockade of borders with India in April or May.
The front, which had blocked key border points with India to put pressure on Kathmandu, had lifted the blockade earlier this month, after 135 days.