President Bidya Devi Bhandari
Kathmandu, Nepal: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is embarking her five day state visit to India from today. This is the first state visit of the President after assuming office of the President in October 2015.
President Bhandari and her lead Nepali delegation is scheduled to return to Kathmandu on Friday.
The government has announced public holiday for Monday on the name of giving continuity to the tradition. However, the decision to announce public holiday is highly criticized from different quarters.
A Nepali high-level delegation that comprises cabinet ministers, MPs and senior officials including some nearer and dearer are accompanying president Bhandari.
Nepal government has expected that the state visit of President Bhandari will help to further strengthening the age-old and unique relationship between the two neighboring countries.
It is said that president Bhandari will meet her Indian counterpart Pranav Mukharjee on April 18. Likewise, she is also scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others as well.
During her stay in India, President Bhandari will also visit the Dwarka and Somnath Temples in Gujarat and the Jagannath Temple in Puri.
President Bhandari was scheduled to visit India in May last year. But the visit was cancelled after the government did not endorse the visit citing lack of preparations on the part of the government.
The first scheduled visit was cancelled due to the souring relationship between two neighboring countries. Bilateral relations between the two countries had faced turbulence after India had imposed unofficial blockade to Nepal.