The Nepal government appears in no mood to adhere to the directive of the state affairs committee of Parliament that disapproved Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to address public meetings in Janakpur and Lumbini during his visit here to attend the 18th SAARC summit.
Nepal PM Sushil Koirala instead asked Cabinet colleague Bimalendra Nidhi to be present in Janakpur and facilitate his schedule — not yet officially confirmed — including his public address there. Some members of state affairs committee had called it a move that “undermines” Nepal’s sovereignty, but the deputy PM assured them that there was no programme of Modi to address the public meetings.
“We have a tradition of visiting dignitaries being felicitated and their addressing public . Why should there be any curtailment in that,” Dinesh Bhattarai, Nepal PM’s advisor on foreign affairs said.