India asks Nepal to 'put its house in order'

India asks Nepal to 'put its house in order'

Oct. 15, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol:09,No-8.Oct.2015,(Asoj 29,2072)

In a blunt message, India has asked Nepal to "put its house in order" and rejected charges of economic blockade from the Indian side.

Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup has expressed serious concerns over the growing "anti-India" sentiments in Nepal.

"We do recognize that there is growth of anti-India sentiment and this is something we are seriously concerned about. There is no doubt about that. But who is responsible for this... Who has stoked this anti-India sentiment," he said, adding that due to unrest on Nepalese side, Indian goods were not able to enter there.

"And for which the blame squarely lies with the Nepalese leadership and we hope that they do something about it so that the traditionally friendly relationship between Nepal and India can continue like before," the spokesperson said.

Rejecting Nepal's charges that India was choking it, he said there was no "official or unofficial economic blockade" from India and the obstruction was from Nepalese side at the exit and entry points.

He also noted that in last one week only 250-300 trucks each day have been able to enter into Nepal even as 5033 cargo vehicles were awaiting entry into that country. He also cited instances where Indian truckers and other vendors have faced violence and feared for their safety and security.

"The problem in Nepal is their own creation. And that is why we are urging them to reach out to their own people. Put your house in order," he said but ruled out that India has ever been "prescriptive" or has put any conditions on Nepal regarding their Constitution.

India has only been asking that the Statute should be broad-based which should take care of all its population, he said.

On Nepal's threat to turn to China in case India does not ease the supply of petroleum products and other essential goods, the Spokesperson said India believes that dialogue was the only way forward.

"But if they want approach any other country, they are welcome. They are the sovereign, independent, country and can make their own choices. We cannot constrain them but the kind of 'roti-beti' relationship they have with India, no other country can substitute it," he added.

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