Prachanda and Nadda meet at BJP office
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” called BJP Chairman JP Nadda to the party headquarters in New Delhi during the first invitation and visit of a Communist Party of Nepal member to The headquarters of the BJP.
BJP foreign affairs cell chief Vijay Chauthaiwale, who was present when the two leaders met, described the meeting as “cordial” and said “interactions between parties should be of paramount importance”. Mr Dahal reportedly said that while the two parties may be ideologically different, they must work together to reduce poverty in the region. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was present at the meeting along with Mr. Dahal’s daughter, Ganga Dahal.
Sources said that in his opening remarks, Mr. Nadda said that Nepal was at the center of the Indian government’s “neighborhood first” policy and mentioned the recent visit of Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to Delhi and at the headquarters of the BJP, as well as the Prime Minister. Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lumbini has further strengthened India-Nepal relations.
“Ready to promote deeper connections”
“We are ready to promote closer ties between the BJP and your party on many levels. We would be happy to host a delegation of young leaders from the Maoist Center in India,” Nadda was quoted as saying.
Prachanda said ideological differences should not overshadow common interests and thanked India’s support to Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stressing that hydropower and tourism were important pillars of the Nepalese economy, he called for greater cooperation in that country and welcomed that India is now buying electricity from Nepal. He expressed concern over the trade deficit with India and said the issue needed to be resolved.
On all issues, he stressed that mutual trust and friendship should prevail.
Mr. Dahal’s party is currently a partner in the ruling coalition in Nepal and Mr. Nadda’s invitation to Mr. Dahal, who belongs to a party hostile to the ideology of the BJP and Sangh Parivar, is seen as a warm-up important between the two parties and tries to build bridges. It also highlights the government’s efforts to use all channels to build bridges between different parties in Nepal and India.
Mr. Dahal also visited the headquarters of the BJP, where he met members of the Kisan Morcha party who had gathered to pass a resolution thanking Mr. Nadda for appointing ” Kisan Putra” Jagdeep Dhankhar as the NDA candidate in the vice presidential polls.