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Nepal ministers’ India visits raise eyebrows

Presence of both Nepal’s Deputy Prime Ministers in New Delhi at a time when political parties here are engaged in a tussle to form the next government have raised eyebrows in the Himalayan nation, reports Utpal Parashar.

world Updated: Jun 17, 2010 03:23 IST
Utpal Parashar

Presence of both Nepal’s Deputy Prime Ministers in New Delhi at a time when political parties here are engaged in a tussle to form the next government have raised eyebrows in the Himalayan nation.

Sujata Koirala, who is also the foreign minister left Kathmandu on Tuesday while Bijay Kumar Gacchadar, who is also the minister for physical planning and works, has been in the Indian capital since last week.

Gacchadar underwent an eye surgery at All India Institute of Medical Sciences on May 10 and is trying to meet senior ministers and political leaders and discuss the Nepal situation.

Koirala is also scheduled to undergo medical check-up for a stomach ailment at the same institute on Thursday. She is expected to meet a number of political leaders and ministers during her five day trip.

“She would try and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, BJP leader Rajnath Singh and others,” said a source close to Koirala.

The timing of the visits when parties in Nepal are trying to form the next government as part of a three-point deal signed on May 28 has led to speculations.