Nepal visit: India critic Prachanda praises PM Narendra Modi

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New Delhi, Aug 5: Former prime minister of Nepal and Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda on Monday praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in lavish terms and described the bilateral trip as the beginning of a new chapter in the relation between the two neighbours.

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According to the Times of India, Prachanda, who is known to be a strong critic of India, told Modi that he not only touched the feelings of the Nepalese people but also won their hearts. Modi met Prachanda on the second day of his visit to Nepal. He also offered prayers and donated sandalwood and money in the famous Pashupathinath Temple in Kathmandu.

Prachanda, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist and the Opposition leader, plays a crucial part in framing the new constitution of Nepal. He praised Modi for backing the constitution and Nepal's economic prosperity and political stability, the daily said.

Prachanda also lauded Modi's address to the Nepalese parliament, saying it was touching and encouraging and appreciated the Indian prime minister for understanding Nepal's affairs. Another former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai also expressed satisfaction with the talks with Modi.

Modi also met Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav and chairman of the Communits Party of Nepal (UML) KP Sharma Oli on Monday.

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