Prachanda in Delhi today: India to offer rail line to cut Nepal-China line

New Delhi/Kathmandu: Nepal PM Prachanda will arrive in New Delhitoday on a four-day visit. This is his first foreign visit after assuming office. India will leave no stone unturned to woo Nepal in an effort to curb Chinese influence in the Himalayan State.
Worried over the increasing Chinese influence, especially over the last year, India is likely to offer Nepal help in building east-west rail line and improved access to its ports.
 Prachanda’s predecessor KP Oli  was pro-China, and did everything possible to cut dependence on India. Oli  had even signed many trade deals with China to counter India. Prachanda seeks to make amendments now.  He told reporters, “Relations with India have become frosty for some time. I want to remove the bitterness.” He added that India now “wants to help Nepal, which is in difficulties.” 
 On the eve of his visit, Prachanda denied that his visit is connected to the new Constitution. He said his government is committed to  amending the new Constitution to make it acceptable to all sides.
"There is no connection between my India visit and the matter relating to constitution amendment," Prachanda said while talking with the leaders of agitating Madhesi parties and ethic groups at the Prime Minister's Office. Nepal’s new Constitution is still in limbo with the Madhesis, with strong Indian connection, opposing it.
Agencies