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India sends Saran to Nepal tomorrow

New Delhi is worried that indefinite postponement of the Constitutional assembly elections can lead to instability in Nepal.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2007 22:12 IST

Concerned over indefinite postponement of Constitutional Assembly polls in Nepal, India is sending the Prime Minister's Special Envoy Shyam Saran there tomorrow to press for early return to democracy.

Saran, former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to Nepal, will hold talks with all parties there to help the country come out of the "difficult" situation, government sources said in the Capital on Tuesday.

New Delhi is concerned that indefinite postponement of the Constitutional assembly elections could lead to political instability in the country which shares open border with India.

Expressing readiness to help Nepal in whatever way it can, India insists on early Constitutional elections in that country to ensure legitimate transformation to democracy.

The elections, scheduled for November 22, were put off after a stand-off between the seven-party alliance and Maoists.

Maoists have been demanding abolition of monarchy and declaring Nepal a republic before the Constitutional elections besides holding of the polls based on proportional representation.

A session of Nepal's Interim Parliament has been called on November 7 to decide on these issues but India is not comfortable. Government sources here said the Interim Parliament lacks legitimacy.

First Published: Oct 09, 2007 22:07 IST