Oli’s anti-India stand backfires

Kathmandu: Nepal’s anti-India and pro-China stand seems to have backfired with pressure mounting on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to resign.

A crucial Nepal’s ruling Communist Party’s Standing Committee meeting is likely to decide the political career of the 68-year-old Prime Minister, known for his pro-China leanings.

Oli has been facing intense criticism from within the party, the Opposition as well as citizens for altering the country’s political map by incorporating three key Indian territories.

People in Nepal have now taken to the streets against Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi even as the Chinese mission in Kathmandu intensified engagements with the ruling Nepal Communist Party to save Oli’s post, Times Now reported.

Nepal’s opposition slammed the Oli government’s “immature” foreign policy, saying it is hampering the country’s relations with its neighbors.

KP Oli, who is known for his pro-China leanings, is also under pressure from his own party leaders to resign both as prime minister and party chair for his anti-India remarks.

Oli has, however, refused to quit.

Last week, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” demanded KP Oli’s resignation, saying his recent remarks that India was conspiring to remove him were “neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate”.

A meeting of the opposition parties concluded that the Oli government has pursued a very imbalanced and irresponsible foreign policy, which is hampering Nepal’s relations with its neighbors, the Kathmandu Post reported.

The NCP meeting to decide the political future of the embattled PM was postponed earlier to allow more time for the top leadership to iron out their differences over Oli’s autocratic style of functioning and anti-India statements.

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