New Delhi: Former Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday said India is capable of dealing with Maoists on its own, ruling out any possible joint action to deal with the Left extremists.
He rejected suggestions that there are any anti-India sentiments in his country and said that India has been supporting Nepal in every possible manner with which it shares an open border.
"I am grateful to India that they have been helping us in every possible manner. India is supporting Nepal. The Indian Prime Minister assured us of all logistical support for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections," said Deuba.
"We have open borders with India, Hindus there come here to visit religious places and students come here to study. All the Hindi movies are seen in Nepal with great enthusiasm. With all this I don't feel there is any anti-India sentiment in Nepal," he said.
Deuba, accompanied by his wife Arju Deuba and Nepali Congress leader Bimalenda Nidhi, are on a six-day visit to India during which they have been meeting top Indian leadership to discuss bilateral ties between the two countries.
Asked whether there was any discussion over the possibility of joint operation against Maoists, Deuba said, “India is quite capable to deal with Maoists. No such discussions took place."
Talking about India's role in the upcoming Constituent assembly elections, Deuba said that the chief election commissioner of Nepal will be visiting India soon to discuss things.
"We will also be inviting independent observers from India, UN and other countries for the CA polls," he said.
Asked whether China is backing Maoists operating in India and Nepal, Deuba said, "As far as I know, the Chinese have abandoned Mao Tse Tung long back. You go to Tiananmen Square, nobody talks about Maoism anymore.... I feel that even China wants stability in Nepal."


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