Convenor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Overseas Affairs, Vijay Jolly, has said India and his party are in favour of a unified federal Nepal with brotherly relations subsisting between the peoples of the federal provinces.
The BJP leader who arrived in Kathmandu in connection with participating in the CPN (UML)’s Ninth Congress, said this while speaking at a special face-to-face program on Friday.
“Although I support federalism, this topic should be decided through mutual discussions and talks among the people, the political parties and the government here as it is Nepal’s internal affair,” he said.
He said he discussed in detail the current political developments and acquired information about the same with President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and the CPN (UML) leaders.
Pointing out the need of moving ahead formulating a common minimum program in the health, higher education and energy sector of Nepal, the BJP Overseas Affairs Convenor, said, “India can become prosperous only if Nepal is stronger; Nepal and India have symbiotic relation and the kind of brotherly and friendly affinity the two countries have is not to be found between any other countries.”
The BJP leader said that preparations are being made to increase the scholarship quota granted in higher education to Nepali students under medicine, engineering and other subjects from the current 3,000 seats to 5,000 after the visit of Indian Prime Minister to Nepal in the near future.
“Foreign Direct Investment would increase and trade, business and industries would prosper once peace and stability is achieved in Nepal with all the political parties here working in a spirit of consensus and not confrontation,” he said, adding that all the political parties should work towards making the loktantra (democracy) successful and meaningful and that in his talks with the President and the leaders of political parties he found that loktantra was becoming stronger.
“The relations between our two countries would be further expanded with the establishment of industries and factories near the border between Nepal and India as it would lead to industrial development as well as increased employment,” he opined.
Stressing the need of the SAARC countries to advance the issues of concern related to the livelihood of the people of the South Asian countries as common issues, the BJP leader Jolly said Indian Prime Minister Modi initiated the task of promoting cordiality among the SAARC countries from his swearing-in ceremony itself.
Referring to the incident that took place on Thursday in course of participating in the UML Ninth Congress, he said the incident was not directed against him and his delegation but it happened due to the party’s popularity, a large number of party cadres who wanted to enter the congress venue and inadequate space at the congress venue. He said he did not mind it.
He also said that he went to the residence of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who is currently in the U.S. receiving medical care, and met with the PM’s family members and wished the PM good health.
Noting that the Indian PM Narendra Modi had wanted to visit Nepal since long time back, the BJP leader said, “Not only with the political purpose, at the cultural level also PM Modi had wanted to offer worship at the Pashupatinath since long. He will surely come here.”
Responding to a question of journalists, he said, “I am a Hindu who follows the Sanatana dharma. Eighty-five percent of the people in Nepal follow Hinduism. I am much upset as a decision on such an important topic was taken without taking people’s opinion. This is my personal view. However, the Nepalis themselves should decide on the kind of religious system to be adopted.”