Just a few weeks before the visit of Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to India, Eminent Person Group hold an interaction on Nepal-India relations. Chaired by head of EPG Dr. Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, EPG Member and member of Parliament Dr. Rajan Bhattarai presented a paper on Nepal India Treaty of 1950.
Similarly, another member Suryanath Upadhyaya presented paper on Nepal India water related issues including inundation, flood, and electricity trade and ongoing Nepal India joint projects including Mahakali Treaty.
Opening the program Upendra Yadav, former foreign minister, said Nepal India needs to review bilateral relations and treaties and amend them as per the interests of both the countries.
Similarly, J.B. Tuhure, chairman of Foreign Affairs and Labor Committee, said that Nepal India needs to respect the voices of people of both leaving in border areas before signing any new agreement.
Attended by former bureaucrats, industrialists and people from southern plain, experts and intellectuals, speakers expressed their views about various dimensions of Nepal India relations in two hour long interactions.
Opening the interaction, convener Dr. Thapa said that this interaction is organized to discuss various dimensions of Nepal-India relations and its implications. Out of four members, Nilamber Acharya was absent.
Although foreign secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, president Bidhya Devi’s foreign advisor Dr. Madan Kumar Bhattarai, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s foreign advisor Dr. Dinesh Bhattari present, they did not take part in interaction.
Although they held couple of rounds of meeting with their Indian counterpart, recently EPG, which is referred as a group dominated by sympathizers particular ideology, formed during the tenure CPN-UML led government of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli.