Top leaders of three major political parties on Thursday decided to summon Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjeet Rae and inquire why fewer cargo vehicles are entering Nepal from India in recent days despite special security arrangement by Nepal to keep the border checkpoints open.
The leaders also decided to send a special envoy of the prime minister to India to brief the Indian leadership on the issues concerning new constitution and latest security situation.
The special envoy will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders and inform them about the demands of the disgruntled political parties in Nepal that have already been addressed in the new constitution.
“A minister-level envoy will be sent to India who will meet the Indian prime minister to inform what demands of the disgruntled parties have already been addressed and what more can be done,” said UCPN (Maoist) Vice-chairman Narayankaji Shrestha. “Also the political parties will send special delegations to establish proper communication with the Indian leadership to make things clear.”
According to leaders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will inquire with the Indian ambassador about the fewer cargo vehicles entering Nepal from India in recent days despite heightened security arrangement at border checkpoints.
The leaders will also receive briefing from Nepal’s ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyaya, who is arriving in Kathmandu on Friday, about the situation. Upadhyaya had held meetings with Indian government’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, among other officials, and discussed the latest security situation along the bordering areas.
The leaders took the decisions after Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam briefed the three-party meeting about the latest situation on the border checkpoints and other places.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who is also the president of Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and other second-rung leaders, from the parties were present at the meeting.
Gautam told the meeting that the border checkpoints at Nepalgunj and Bhairahawa were open throughout the day on Thursday but Indian vehicles weren’t entering Nepal.
According to him, there was disturbance in Birganj border point during daytime but the Jogbani checkpoint saw disturbance only in the evening.
The leaders also decided to adopt unified security plan – jointly mobilizing all security agencies – for maintaining law and order mainly in custom points and highways. The government move has come as the protesting parties have launched their latest demonstrations aimed at disrupting services at customs and highways.