India will be a steadfast partner of Nepal, says Modi

India will be a steadfast partner of Nepal, says Modi

India will be a steadfast partner of Nepal, says Modi

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi transits Kathmandu between two political pilgrimages to Janakpur and Muktinath this weekend, there is hope, dismay and even confusion in Nepal.

"Prime Minister Oli and I will have the opportunity to take forward our recent wide-ranging discussions in New Delhi on issues of mutual interest, and to advance our cooperative partnership across diverse sectors", Modi said. They will be travelling to the country's historical and ancient city of Janakpur and visit Ram Janaki Temple where PM Modi will be welcomed by Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli.

He will start his visit from the historic city of Janakpur, the birthplace of Sita, tomorrow morning. Later both the prime ministers will jointly lay foundation stone of Arun-III hydro power project through remote and make press statement.

Modi will be reaching Patna airport from Delhi at 10 am and will leave for Janakpur in the Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper.

Addressing the parliament, Minister Gyawali said Modi will pay courtesy calls on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun on May 11. India's assessment is that the internal power dynamics in Nepal is stable and the two Left parties CPN (Maoist Centre) and CPN-UML in the ruling alliance will merge.Both sides will deliberate on implementation of the ambitious rail project to link Kathmandu with Raxaul in Bihar and connecting landlocked Nepal through river transport system with India.

That Kathmandu has already hosted Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the prime minister of China's good friend Pakistan as its first guest after Khadga Prasad Oli took charge should also have New Delhi anxious. Modi is expected to focus on building trust as ties between India and Oli had been majorly strained after India's confrontation with Nepal over the country's constitution in 2015. While India has refused to be a part of BRI, Nepal has joined the initiative.

Leaders of various political parties in the country will call on Prime Minister Modi in Kathmandu.

Describing his two-day trip to Nepal as a reflection of his government's commitment to "neighbourhood first" policy, Modi said the Himalayan nation has entered a new era and India would continue to support it. Some think New Delhi realised it went too far, pushed Nepal closer to China, and it is now trying to reset bilateral ties.

The sources said there may be an announcement on the proposed Ramayan circuit, under which fifteen destinations like Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot will be developed to promote religious tourism.

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