Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sood off to Delhi after hectic lobbying against govt plan to sack Katawal

Indian ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood (File Photo)

Sood is visiting New Delhi after having a number of parleys with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal since Monday, strongly asking him not to go ahead with his plan to sack NA chief Rookmangud Katawal. During his parleys with the PM, he reportedly warned that Katawal's ouster would invite political crisis in Nepal.

Some reports quoting Baluwatar insiders said the Indian ambassador also warned that the current Maoist-led coalition would be overturned within days if the government ousted the army chief.

Sood also had telephone conversation with CPN (UML) chairman Jhala Nath Khanal, who returned to the capital after cutting short his China trip this afternoon and informed him about India's position regarding the ongoing dispute. mk Apr 23 09


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