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Nepal's Prachanda ‘threatens’ India ahead of visit

world Updated: Apr 26, 2013 11:46 IST
Utpal Parashar

Nepal Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has ‘threatened’ not to take care of India’s security interests if the southern neighbour failed to help develop his country.

The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman, who will leave on a four-day trip to India on Saturday, gave this warning while addressing a rally at Salyan in mid-western Nepal on Thursday.

“I will raise the issue of Nepal’s economic development during my India trip. If India doesn’t cooperate, we too won’t help address their security concerns,” ‘Annapurna Post’ quoted Prachanda.

As chief of the high-level political mechanism formed to hold elections, the Maoist leader will hold a series of meetings with Indian leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the trip.

Prachanda had undertaken a similar visit to China earlier this month where he held meetings with the political leadership there including President Xi Xinping on Nepal’s development and political situation.

“I had raised a similar demand during my China trip as well,” the Nepali daily quoted him.

India’s 1800 km long open border with Nepal poses a serious security threat due to influx of illegal arms, drugs, terrorists and fake Indian currency notes originating in Pakistan.

Though Nepal has agreed in past not to allow its soil to be used for anti-India activities, a long civil war followed by years of political instability has led to lax monitoring of such threats.

Following his China visit Prachanda had raised the issue of possible trilateral cooperation involving India, China and Nepal to develop the landlocked Himalayan nation.

But External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has given a thumbs down to the idea saying it’s “too early” for such a move.