Congress points to issues missing from visit agendaPrime Minister KP Sharma Oli failed to take up some pressing national issues in New Delhi during his three-day state visit to India, the Nepali Congress said on Sunday.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli failed to take up some pressing national issues in New Delhi during his three-day state visit to India, the Nepali Congress said on Sunday.
In its preliminary response to the outcome of the prime minister’s visit, the opposition party said Oli should have made some genuine efforts to resolve the key issues.
“There are some bilateral issues that need to be resolved without further delay. We had expected Prime Minister Oli to take up the matters with the Indian side. The issues are not mentioned in the joint statement,” said NC Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma.
There was some progress in preparing the detailed project report for Panche-shwar during Congress President and then-prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s India visit in 2017 but Prime Minister Oli did not make serious efforts to resolve the issue, Sharma charged.
Though Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada mentioned ballooning trade imbalance with India in his white paper, the issue was not taken up in Delhi, said Sharma.
“Those issues may have been discussed in informal talks but there is no mention of the crucial matters in the bilateral statement,” Sharma told Parliament, adding that Oli had expressed his commitment to raising several other issues.
There was no progress on issues related to inundation of Nepal’s Tarai in monsoon and exchange of demonetised Indian currency of 1,000 and 500 denominations held by Nepalis during Oli’s visit, the NC spokesperson said.
The Central Working Committee of the party would discuss Oli’s visit to India.