Ex Indian Envoy Meets Nepal Leaders Amid Crisis

Shirish B Pradhan/Kathmandu
Ex Indian Envoy Meets Nepal Leaders Amid Crisis
A week after special Indian envoy Shyam Saran's airdash to Nepal to help end the political deadlock, another former Indian diplomat is here, meeting leaders of the Nepali Congress and the Terai-based Madhesi parties.

Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal K V Rajan's visit comes as the country is locked in a political deadlock with the Parliament failing to elect a new prime minister even after four rounds of voting.

Rajan met the political leaders and discussed with them the current political situation in the country.

He met Madhesi People' Rights Forum president Upendra Yadav, Terai Madhes Democratic Party president Mahanta Thakur, Nepal Sadbhavana Party – Anandidevi president Sarita Giri and Nepali Congress leader Purna Bahadur Khadka at a posh hotel in Kathmandu.

"We held discussion on the current political situation," said Upendra Yadav talking to PTI.

He, however, denied media reports that former King Gyanendra was also present during the meeting, terming the reports as "totally false and baseless".

The meeting comes at a time when Nepal's Parliament is deadlocked over electing a new Prime Minister and a fifth round of voting in the Constituent Assembly is due on August 18.

Rajan arrived in Kathmandu a week after Saran, former Foreign Secretary and special advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, held consultations with top leaders.

Saran, also a former Indian ambassador to Nepal, held wide-ranging talks with Nepalese leaders across the political spectrum to help forge a consensus to end the month-long constitutional crisis in the country, including Maoist supremo Prachanda and others.

The meetings were held ahead of the fourth round of voting to elect a new prime minister in the Constituent Assembly.
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