BJP expresses concern on Nepal poll postponement

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New Delhi, Oct 5 (UNI) Expressing its concern over the indefinite postponement of elections in Nepal, the BJP today asked the Union Government to make its stand clear on the recent political development in the Himalayan nation.

"Nepal is our close neighbour with open border. If democracy is not established in its true spirit in Nepal, then any development in Nepal is bound to have reflection on India. This should be a matter of concern for all the citizens of India," BJP president Rajnath Singh said in a statement here.

He said the constituent assembly was a major part of the peace agreement under which the Seven-Party Alliance was running the government. Election to the Constituency assembly, scheduled on November 22, had been postponed under pressure of the Maoists, he said.

Terming the postponement of election under the threat of "street protest by the Maoists" as a severe blow in establishing a democratic environment, he said the looming political uncertainty for long would provide an opportunity to fundamentalist forces to further strengthen their control over Nepal.

He also cautioned the Nepalese interim Parliament not to take any decision to abolish monarchy under pressure of the Maoists.


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