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Yechury donates Rs 3.25 crore to quake-hit Nepal

Kathmandu:  CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has donated Rs 3 crore 25 lakh to Nepal Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund after collecting the money from Indian people to help the quake-hit nation.

Yechuri, who arrived in Nepal yesterday on a two-day private visit, handed over a cheque of Rupees 3.25 crore equivalent to over Nepali Rupees 5.20 crore to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at his official residence at Baluwatar.

Yechury said he had collected the money from the people of India at the grass-roots level for providing relief to the earthquake-affected people of Nepal.

The CPI(M) chief said he was happy to hand over the assistance to the Prime Minister on behalf of the people of India. He also congratulated Prime Minister Koirala for signing a deal among the four major partites on Monday, paving way for drafting a new Constitution.

Koirala said it was his wish to conclude the peace process during his premiership as it would help establish peace and stability in Nepal that would pave way for attaining economic prosperity and development for the country.

Yechuri also met other top Nepali leaders, including President Dr Rambaran Yada, UCPN-Maoist chief Prachanda and CPN-UML chairman K P Sharma Oli.

The CPI(M) leader was also present during the signing of the peace accord between the ruling Seven Party Alliance and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in 2006.

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