India unhappy about Nepal PM's visit to China: Maoist leader

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Kathmandu, Aug 19 (UNI) India was not happy about Nepal prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's forthcoming visit to China, a senior Maoist leader said.

Maoist leader Mr Dahal, who is known as Comrade 'Prachanda', is scheduled to visit China on Saturday to attend the closing ceremony of Olympics.

''There is a suggestion from Indian side that it is not good to visit China so soon,'' Maoists leader C P Gajurel told BBC Nepali service.

However, he said the visit was not for any other purpose, but to attend closing ceremony of Beijing Olympics. ''So, we have given directives to the foreign ministry to arrange the visit,'' he added.

Mr Prachanda was firm to visit China, he said and noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited Mr Prachanda to visit India as soon as possible.

Dr Singh, in his congratulatory message, said India was eager to welcome Mr Prachanda and the message was also conveyed to him by Sharad Yadav today.

In earlier times, there was a tradition of visiting India by Nepal Prime Minister after assuming his post. For the first time against the tradition, Communist Prime Minister of Nepal Man Mohan Adhikari had visited Denmark to attend UN summit before visiting India 12 years ago.

Meanwhile, Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav was also invited to attend the inaugural ceremony of Olympics, but he cancelled the visit citing political development of the country.

Meanwhile, the Maoists' decision to depute Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) for the security of Nepal prime minister has been criticised by Nepali Congress and other coalition partners.

Acting President of the Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala said the decision must be scrapped and there could not be two armies.

The two coalition partners of the Maoists, UML and MJF, have also criticised the Maoists' decision to depute PLA for the security of the Nepal Prime Minister.

The government in Nepal has not been formed due to the differences among the coalition partners over the allocation of ministerial portfolios.

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