Kathmandu, 24 May: The gallent and nationalist Nepalis have been closely watching the poll results that Modi is again ruling the rooster in India for the second consecutive term.
All the broadsheet dailies including Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post have reported that the landslide win for Modi, who ran on a business-friendly, nationalist plank, is certain to have far-reaching consequences for Nepal, especially given the recent developments between the two nations.
Since Modi first came to power in 2014, the nationalist prime minister has visited Nepal four times, seemingly in line with his much-publicised ‘neighbourhood first’ policy.
However, Nepal-India relations took a frosty turn in September 2015, after the promulgation of the new constitution in Nepal and the subsequent imposition of a blockade by India along the open border.
While some in Kathmandu were cautious about Modi’s victory, others have been more optimistic. The rise of Modi has given Nepal an excellent opportunity for economic development, said former minister for foreign affairs Kamal Thapa.
People’s News Monitoring Service