Kolkata, Sep 17: With a purview of increasing trade along the Bengal-Nepal border, West Bengal Chief Minister with left parties' approval, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has invited the Maoist leader and Prime Minister of Nepal, Prachanda to West Bengal. Prachanda is on his maiden visit to Delhi after which he would visit West Bengal.
West Bengal is looking at developing Hydel power by tapping into Nepal's water resources, cement industry to utilise rich limestone deposits, but most importantly, increase trade along the Bengal-Nepal border.
"After the puja and diwali, he has promised to come to Kolkata," said CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri. So just what can Nepal offer West Bengal, considering that the former Himalayan kingdom itself wants Indian investment?
"There is a misconception that communists don't look for investments," said Yechuri.
It was the CPM leaders who played a crucial role in getting Maoists to join the mainstream. Now, they not only want to cement their ties but also to improve trade relations.