He may have sharpened his anti-India rhetoric to cosy up to China, but Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli finds himself on a sticky wicket.
Just two days after he accused India of hatching a conspiracy to destabilize his government, Nepal’s ruling party has gone hammer and tongs against him and given an ultimatum, urging him either to prove charges against India or resign.
During a closed-door of the ruling Nepal Communist Party standing committee, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalnath Khanal, as well as former deputy PM Bamdeb Gautam, accused PM K P Sharma Oli of failing on all counts and leveling insensitive and irresponsible allegations against India which has always been Nepal’s all-weather friend.
Negating Oli’s charges against India, Prachanda reportedly said, “Not India, it is me who is demanding your resignation. You must furnish proof of such irresponsible remarks.”
Accusing India of trying to topple his government, PM Oli on Sunday during a function at his official residence said that some Nepali leaders too were in cahoots with India.
Incidentally, in an interview to state-owned The Rising Nepal published on Tuesday, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi was extremely critical of remarks made by Indian Army Chief Gen M M Naravane that the anti-India protests in Nepal over border issues might be “at the behest of China.”
Not just the ruling party, Oli is being criticized by other leaders as well. Addressing a rally, former PM Baburam Bhattarai said PM Oli must furnish proof to substantiate his anti-India allegations. “If the Embassy of India is so actively engaged in toppling him, why don’t you expel their Ambassador?” he questioned Oli.
India’s ties with Nepal came under strain after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 80-km-long strategically important road connecting Lipulekh Pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand.
In what raised eyebrows in India, Nepal incidentally completed the process of redrawing it’s political map through a Constitutional amendment, incorporating Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas which as per India are within the jurisdiction of the state of Uttarakhand.
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