Modi assured Nepal that it was at the top of India's Neighbourhood First policy and announced a Rs100 crore package for the development of Janakpur and its surrounding areas. "This will certainly lead to effective fulfilment of the aspirations of Nepal's citizens", PM Modi tweeted.
Ethnic Madhesi groups demanded more territory in the state assigned to them and shut down highways and border points for weeks. The agitation had also crippled the land-locked country's economy as supplies from India were blocked. However, unlike his previous two trips, this one angered a section of Nepalis affected by the Indian blockade at a time when the country was struggling to overcome the impact of the natural disaster. New Delhi has since reached out to him, promising to work with his government.
NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi said Modi in response said his visit was exclusively religious and not a political one.
Earlier, Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut, during the civil felicitation, had welcomed the Indian prime minister by offering a 125 kg garland. This project manifests the strong bond between India and Nepal.
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He also announced assistance of 1 billion Indian rupees (14.85 million USA dollars) for the development of Janakpur.
This is the third visit of PM Modi to Nepal, and the first high-level visit from India since the formation of the new government in Nepal this year. Similarly, Nepal is incomplete without India and India is incomplete without Nepal. The circuit is a part of Modi's vision to build a 650-km connectivity project. Modi is expected to hold several political meetings with leaders from various parties. He was felicitated with a garland weighing 121 kg and a key to Janakpur city. He will attend the civic reception hosted by the mayor of Kathmandu and then depart for India on Saturday evening. "Our ties are religious, based on deep faith and history and complement each other", Modi said. He completed his address in Hindi. "Without Nepal, India's faith is incomplete".
Janaki Ttemple, he and Oli also flagged off a Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service linking the birthplaces of Sita and Ram.
Tourism is developing at a fast pace across the world. "We remain committed to doing everything that we can, which furthers the economic development of Nepal", he tweeted.