Extending best wishes to the people of Nepal for the promulgation of Nepal’s Constitution, the Government of India on Sunday expressed its concerns over the existing differences among the political forces over the new charter and ongoing violence in the southern belt bordering India.
Issuing a statement this evening, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that India has supported a federal, democratic, republican and inclusive constitution throughout the process of constitution-making in Nepal.
“We note the promulgation in Nepal today of a Constitution,” it said.
It said India is concerned that the situation in several parts of the country bordering India continues to be violent. “Our Ambassador in Kathmandu has spoken to the Prime Minister of Nepal in this regard.”
More than 40 people have been killed in the Tarai districts during violent protests against the new constitution and purported number and boundaries of the federal units.
The MEA urged the stakeholders in Nepal to resolve the issues through dialogue in order to make the new charter widely accepted.
“We urge that issues on which there are differences should be resolved through dialogue in an atmosphere free from violence and intimidation, and institutionalized in a manner that would enable broad-based ownership and acceptance.”
“This would lay the foundation of harmony, progress and development in Nepal.”