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Nepal PM calls Modi, seeks help for conducting local bodies' poll

Modi and Prachanda discussed recent developments in India-Nepal relations. Photograph: (Reuters)

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 25, 2017, 12.59 PM (IST)

India will assist Nepal in conducting its first local bodies poll in 20 years. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all possible assistance will be extended to its Himalayan neighbour after his Nepalese counterpart, Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', called him on Tuesday. 

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Prachanda requested for India's assistance while speaking about Nepal holding the local elections, following which Modi gave the assurance of help, a statement from the Indian Prime Minister's Office said. 

The two Prime Ministers reiterated their commitment to advance cooperative ties between India and Nepal on multiple levels for the benefit of the two countries, the statement said. 

Modi and Prachanda discussed recent developments in India-Nepal relations, including the recent "highly successful" state visit of Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari to India, it said. 

The Nepal Prime Minister spoke about the ongoing efforts of his government to take all stakeholders on board in implementing the constitution, the statement said. 

Modi "conveyed the good wishes of the people and the Government of India to the friendly people of Nepal in their national efforts to achieve peace, stability and socio- economic transformation, and assured PM Prachanda that India will extend all possible assistance for local elections."  

However, China has already offered help to organise the Nepal local polls more than a week ago. China had also announced nine million Yuan as monetary support for Nepal during Prachanda's recent visit. Apart from monetary help, China has already supplied the landlocked nation election material like pens, stamp pads, rubber stamps, calculators, scales, punching machines and table watches, during a function in Kathmandu, an Indian media outlet reported. 

The Election Commission of Nepal was quoted as saying that 30,000 ballot boxes were expected to arrive from China ahead of the local poll. 

(WION with input from agencies) 

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