External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday met visiting Madheshi leaders and called for broad ownership of Nepal’s Constitution and a speedy political solution to the ongoing crisis. Hosting the leaders for a dinner, she reaffirmed support for an inclusive Nepal, officials said.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Upendra Yadav, one of the leaders, said, “We are here to urge India to play a diplomatic role in resolving the crisis in Nepal.” He said racial discrimination should end in Nepal and they should enjoy equal rights like the “hill elite”.
The visiting Madhesi leaders also met political leaders from NCP, JD (U) and other parties. “We are encouraged, impressed by their response,” Yadav said.
Speaking about their demands of proportional representation and other issues, he said there is no blockade by the Indian government. “The ruling elite in Nepal is telling this and playing the anti-India card to dilute the movement,” he said.
This is the first time since the agitation in Nepal’s Madhes region that the top four Madhesi leaders have come to Delhi.