Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', former PM of Nepal

Janakpur was a centre of the deadly 2015 protests, which claimed more than 50 lives.

Ties deteriorated after protesters on the India-Nepal border blockaded the movement of goods vehicles-slowing or stopping critical fuel and medical supplies-amid suspicions in Nepal that New Delhi was backing the blockade. "We have been there for each other in the most hard of times", the PM said, stressing Nepal's top position in India's "Neighbourhood First" policy. "We are committed to support Prime Minister Oli's vision that Nepal should not be a land-locked country but a land- and water-linked nation", he said. Nepal had recently granted the license to generate power to an Indian government-owned company.

Both sides also agreed to dispatch a joint technical team to resolve the recurrent inundation problem along the Nepal-India border.

China, on the other hand, is pouring aid and investment into Nepali hospitals, roads and hydroelectric plants.

Modi started his visit through Janakpur where deity Sita, also known as Janaki was born as per Hindu mythology as narrated in epic Ramayan. A direct bus service will be of significant help to Hindu pilgrims, and it has the capability to facilitate travel between India and Nepal. Later in the day, he will travel to Kathmandu where he will meet Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun.

Thousands of people had gathered at the Janaki temple, established in Sita's honour in 1910, as Modi arrived there for prayers ahead of the inauguration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a two-day visit to Nepal arrives in Kathmandu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a two-day visit to Nepal arrives in Kathmandu

As part of PM Modi's Nepal visit, signing a number of pacts, the inauguration of a power project is on the agenda. Nepalis on social media asked Modi to apologise for what they say was a crime against humanity - a plea ignored by the Indian PM.

Another called him a religious politician, saying, "Prime Minister Modi will do something for our nation".

Modi also announced Rs 1 billion for the development of Province No 2 and Janakpur area after attending the civic reception. Analysts say the strong religious overtones are meant to send a message to his Hindu nationalist base at home, where Modi is fighting a key election in the southern state of Karnataka.

He began his speech in the Maithali language, followed by Bhojpuri and Nepali.

India had asked Nepal to investigate the explosion that caused minor damaged to the office. "Our "Dhaam" is incomplete and Ram is also incomplete". Manjeev Singh Puri, India's ambassador to Nepal, said that Modi's visit will focus on building rail connectivity, inland transport, and agricultural initiatives, DNA reported. "Today, I'm happy that Nepal is developing rapidly".

"We are also trying our best to connect Nepal with waterways so that Nepal will be able to export Nepali goods overseas".

  • Leroy Wright