With three Left parties in Nepal forming a surprise alliance ahead of provincial and federal parliamentary elections, India on Thursday said it was only for peace, stability and prosperity of Nepal.
“It would not be appropriate for me to comment on Nepal’s internal matter,” Ravish Kumar, spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, said in response to a question at his weekly media briefing here.
“India has an abiding interest in peace, stability and economic prosperity of Nepal, within the framework of a democratic and inclusive polity in Nepal,” he said. “As a close and friendly neighbour of Nepal, India will continue to extend all possible support to Nepal for peace, stability and accelerated economic development in accordance with the priorities of the people and government of Nepal.”
On October 3, CPN-UML Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli, CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and Naya Shakti Party-Nepal Coordinator Babu Ram Bhattarai signed a six-point agreement announcing a broader electoral alliance.
The Left leaders hailed the development as a “milestone” in Nepali politics and the beginning of a progressive alliance that would unify other Leftist and democratic forces that advocate change.