Nepal Deputy PM seeks India's support for polls

Indo Asian News Service

Kathmandu, March 29 (IANS) Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi has sought India's support, particularly with vehicles and logistics, for the upcoming local level elections, a media report said on Wednesday.

After his meeting with newly appointed Indian Ambassador to Nepal Majeev Singh Puri, Nidhi, who is also Minister for Home Affairs, said he had repeated the request made with Indian officials during his recent visit to New Delhi, the Kathmandu Post reported.

Ambassador Puri responded positively, said Nidhi.

Nepal will hold its first local elections in two decades on May 14 which will pave the way for provincial and then national elections later in the year.

The Home Ministry, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has already sent a request to New Delhi for material support. According to the Indian Embassy, the ambassador assured "serious consideration of the request".

Besides, Nidhi and Puri also agreed to enhance cooperation for fighting terrorism that poses serious threat to both neighbouring countries.

They also discussed about bilateral security cooperation and Nepal's political situation.