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PM Modi congratulates Oli, says India wants to strengthen ties

PTI 11 Oct 2015, 22:04:46 IST

New Delhi: As KP Oli was elected the Prime Minister of Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called him up to congratulate him and said India wants to strengthen ties even further, a statement that comes amidst an unease in the bilateral relations.

"Spoke to Shri KP Oli. Congratulated him & invited him to visit India. We value ties with Nepal & want to strengthen them even further," Modi tweeted.

The telephonic conversation comes at a time when there is an unease in the relationship between two countries, since Nepal adopted a new Constitution.

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Nepal has alleged that India has imposed an economic blockade on the country following the announcement of its new Constitution, which is being seen as against the interest of Indian-origin Madhesi community living in the Terai region of the Himalayan nation.

India sees no merit in Nepal's complaints that it was being "choked" and deprived of essential supplies.

Oli, a veteran politician and CPN-UML chairman, was today elected as the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal after defeating incumbent Sushil Koirala in a voting.