New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for supporting an end to the continued logjam in parliament, on Tuesday. The move came a day after Mulayam broke ranks with opposition parties and sought a discussion to end the logjam.
“The prime minister has expressed gratitude towards Mulayam Singh,” union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement after a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary party.
The Samajwadi Party on Monday assured Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that it would not join the protests led by the Congress in the Lok Sabha.
“You have to ensure that the house functions. This is happening because you have not spoken to anybody,” Yadav had said.
Rudy said the prime minister felt the house was being stalled to thwart the country’s growth.
“The prime minister said he feels the end of the session shows that there are some people who are using parliament to stop growth and development,” Rudy said.
The monsoon session of parliament, set to end this Thursday, has been marred by protests by the Congress.
The Congress has been demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s resignation for allegedly helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who is sought by the Enforcement Directorate.
Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.
“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.
Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.
There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.
There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.
Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.
“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.
After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.
Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.
He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”
According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.
Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.
Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.