Nepal PM Oli says India trying to topple me

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who faces serious challenge from the rival faction that is hell-bent to force him either to quit either the Prime Ministerial post or party Co-Chair, played the ‘India card’ yet again, today, shifting focus from issues apparent by pulling India into the frame

Jun 29, 2020
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Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who faces serious challenge from the rival faction that is hell-bent to force him either to quit either the Prime Ministerial post or party Co-Chair, played the ‘India card’ yet again, today, shifting focus from issues apparent by pulling India into the frame.

He alleged the Indian state apparatus was surprisingly active to topple him from power for amending the constitution to depict Limpiyadhura, Lipuelekh and Kalapani in the national emblem.

His own party lawmaker Ram Kumari Jhankri, however, said the PM’s remarks were aimed at diverting people’s attention from real issues.

Addressing a programme organized to mark the 69th birth anniversary of late Madan Bhandari, the PM said, “You must have heard from Indian media that I am going to be unseated within a week or two weeks. You must have heard the Indian intellectuals’ debate about this. Indian state apparatus is surprisingly active,” the PM said and added an embassy was also active against him.

He, however, did not name the embassy.

The PM ‘reminded’ how he was removed from power in 2016 when he signed trade and transit agreements with China. “But if anybody is dreaming about removing me from power, then they must know that they would never succeed in their attempt because nationalism is not that weak today,” the PM said.

In an indirect reference to rival faction of the party that wants the PM to adhere to ‘one person, one post’ line– the PM said that no leader should harbor any prejudice against him.

PM Oli went on to say that he had no desire to remain in power for long, but if he was removed from now, no subsequent Prime Minister would be able to take a stand in favour of the country and yet prevail strong in adverse situations, as he has. He expressed confidence that neither his party nor the Parliamentary Party would seek to remove him from power.

PM Oli shared that some people were telling him that by amending the constitution to depict the territories of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani in the emblem, it made the issue a point of no return and it was indeed the case. “Yes we made it a point of no return because we want our land back,” the PM said.

“Some party leaders have citizenship of this country but offer such arguments that help others,” he said.

Furthermore, he joined dots of events to 2016 and said that when the then government signed trade and transit agreement with China, he proved that mountains on the northern border were not obstacles anymore.

“We were not only a landlocked country but also India locked. Now we are in a position to take benefit from both neighbours in trade and transit issues.”

PM Oli, under pressure from NCP leaders who want him to step down either as prime minister or party co-chair, again played the nationalism card today to stay on in power.

The PM, who wishes to pin the blame for everything that’s wrong with Nepal today on India, claimed that the Indian state apparatus was active to topple him from power for amending the constitution to depict Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani in the country’s map.

But there were few takers for his assertion even in his own party, NCP lawmaker Ram Kumari Jhankrii said the PM’s remarks were aimed at diverting people’s attention from real issues. “The PM has failed in all respects.

He is making such remarks to mask his weaknesses and failures,” she said.

Addressing a programme organised on the 69th birth anniversary of late Madan Kumar Bhandari, the PM said, “You must have heard from Indian media that I am going to be unseated within a week or two. You must have heard the Indian intellectuals’ debate about this. Indian state apparatus is surprisingly active,” the PM said.

He even said an embassy was also active against him. Though he did not name the embassy, there is little doubt who he was referring to.

The PM claimed that he was removed from power in 2016 when he signed trade and transit agreements with China. “But if anybody is dreaming of removing me from power, then I must tell them that they will never succeed,” the PM said. In an apparent message to the leaders within his party who want him to give up either the PM’s post or step down as the party’s co-chair.

Though he is clinging on to power and skipped the NCP Standing Committee meet on Friday fearing tough questions from party leaders, he claimed that he had no desire to remain in power for long. He, however, added if he was removed from power, no subsequent prime minister would speak up in favour of the country. The PM said he was confident that neither his party nor NCP Parliamentary Party would seek to remove him from power.

Political analyst Uddhab Pyakurel said the PM, who has been drawing flak for questionable handling of the COVID-19 crisis, had unnecessarily ranted up rhetoric against India. “The PM’s remark that India is trying to unseat him only undermines the prestige of Nepali people and the Parliament. Nepalis voted the ruling NCP to power and the Parliament made him the PM. The NCP commands almost two-thirds majority in the Parliament. How can India make or topple Nepal’s PM,” Pyakurel wondered.

He added that a sovereign PM should not make such irresponsible remarks.
 
He said, “If the PM found any embassy’s activities against diplomatic norms, then he should take action against that embassy. But will he do that?”

Jhankri added that had the PM acted honestly, work related to party unity and the party’s General Convention would have been completed by now. “Had the PM mobilised party cadres well, we could have set up quarantine centres and isolation wards in each ward,” she argued.

https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/pm-rants-against-india-in-bid-to-cling-to-power

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