Nepal PM faces backlash from ruling party over remarks against India, leaders seek resignation
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday called a cabinet meeting to hold consultations with sitting ministers of his cabinet after his remark against India over the new political map of Nepal backfired, with top leaders of the ruling party demanding his resignation.
During the standing committee meeting of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal yesterday, former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" slammed KP Oli for the remarks he made on Sunday.
"The Prime Minister's remarks that India was conspiring to remove him was neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate," Pushpa Kamal Dahal said as reported by news agency PTI adding that “such a statement by the Prime Minister may damage our relations with the neighbour".
Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli on Sunday accused India of various activities to oust him from power. He said that many activities were taking place in the ‘embassies and hotels’ to remove him from power. He also alleged that some Nepalese leaders were also involved in the game.
It was not appropriate for the prime minister to accuse the southern neighbour and leaders of his own party, a senior leader of the party quoted Prachanda as saying during the meeting.
Besides top leader Prachanda, senior leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal, Vice-Chairman Bamdev Gautam and spokesperson Narayankaji Shrestha also asked Prime Minister Oli to provide evidence of his accusations and asked him to quit, he said.
They said the prime minister should resign on moral grounds after making such "undiplomatic and nonpolitical remarks." However, KP Oli, who was also present at the meeting, did not make any comments.
Prachanda has time and again spoken about the lack of coordination between the government and the party and emphasised on a 'one man one position' system to be followed by the Nepal Communist Party.
This is not the first time that the senior leaders asked Prime Minister KP Oli to resign from his post. In April too, KP Oli was asked to resign from his post.
Earlier last month, Nepal President gave her assent to pass the new political map of the country claiming over three strategically key areas under the Indian territory along its border. The assent was given by President Bidya Devi Bhandari after both houses of Nepal Parliament voted in favour of amending the constitution and passed the controversial bill to change the map of Nepal.
(With PTI Inputs)
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