Kathmandu, August 11: Speaking at ‘India at 70’ event (Independence Day) in Kathmandu which was attended by Nepalese PM Sher Bahadur Deuba, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said never in the history of 70 years of India’s democracy transfer of power was witnessed through the bullet, it was always witnessed through the ballot.
Sushma wished success for the Democratic system adopted by Kathmandu. She said,” We pray for the success of the democratic system in Nepal. Talking about PM Modi’s ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ agenda, the BJP veteran wished for the development of Nepal and its citizens saying India wants to pitch in for the development of Nepal and the entire country is entitled to ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.
Swaraj arrived her to participate in the 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec). This Cooperation includes countries like Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. It was established on June 6, 1997, in Bangkok, Thailand. 65-year-old Swaraj yesterday met Nepalese PM for the first time after he came to power in June this year.
Swaraj’s visit came at a time when few days back Nepal’s deputy prime minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara said his country will not take any sides in the ongoing Doka Lam standoff between India and China. As per Mahara, Beijing and Delhi should find out a solution through “peaceful diplomatic means”. The visiting Indian minister is also scheduled to meet Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandrai, opposition leader KP Oli, Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and Madhes-based leaders.