If you put your house on fire, I as your neighbour would be worried : India

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Narendra Modi and Sushil Koirala in Kathmandu on 28 May 2014

Claiming its export to Nepal is facing ‘disturbance on the border’ due to the ongoing Terai unrest, India has softly warned it cannot remain a ‘silent spectator’ of the Nepal situation.

“How can I be a silent spectator when the border between India and Nepal is porous?,” an unanimous (Indian) government source asks in a The Indian Express report published today. “If you put your house on fire, I as your neighbour would be worried,” the source added.

The report is in line with what the Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae has been saying of late. Mr Rae has repeatedly told the media that there is no blockade from the Indian authorities and that it is the disturbance on Nepal side which is keeping the trucks from entering Nepal.

However, the Government of Nepal has a different story. It claims India is not allowing anything into Nepal except ‘bananas’. It claims the Indian move is a way to create pressure on Nepal because it did not consider India’s suggestions regarding the promulgation of its constitution.

The source of the newspaper also revealed that the leaders of Nepal’s main political parties have approached Ambassador Rae to sort out the crisis.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala from Nepali Congress, CPN-UML chairman K P Sharma Oli and UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda have been holding dialogue with the Indian ambassador in order to find an ‘early resolution to the crisis’.

The source blamed the three ‘Pahadi’ parties of Nepal for clearing the draft statue through party whips in the Constituent Assembly.

“They (Nepal’s leaders) took an extremely narrow view to go ahead and pass the Constitution. India is not at all against Nepal’s Constitution. We welcome it. But we said, please accommodate your own countrymen for a peaceful end of the long-drawn battle for a finely-shaped Constitution,” the English Daily said quoting its ‘source’.

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