Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Oli may be kept out of office for weeks after an acrimonious feud for power within his governing party following his pungent rhetoric in India and as Chinese influence grows in the country.
Oli was set to meet on Wednesday with the Nepal Communist Party’s rival, Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, who argues that it is his turn to govern, a meeting of party meetings in the coming days and weeks Before the series, they will decide whether Ollie will be removed from his post.
Ollie also faces troubles within the party as he covers the disputed territory with India on the new map of India which includes the disputed territory claimed by both India and Nepal.
Kathmandu’s relations with New Delhi were said to have eroded after Oli last week said that India was trying to remove him from the post with the help of some members of his own party. India has denied all allegations.
By the time China’s participation started growing, India was a major force in Nepal. In addition to China’s investment in building airports, highways and hydroelectric projects in Nepal, Chinese diplomats have worked to increase ties with Nepalese political leaders.
This week, the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal held meetings with some of Nepal’s top Communist Party leaders.
Analysts say China sees Nepal as the key to its vast transcontinental infrastructure belt and road initiative that builds the old Silk Road routes that once connected China to the West, analysts say.
The editor of Nepal’s popular municipal newspaper, Gururaj Luttel said, “Because Nepal lives in a strategic geographical location, these two countries feel they have importance in Nepal’s politics.” “The current government seems more inclined towards China, and because of this, India’s role looks as if it is slowly shrinking.”
Oli was elected PM by the Nepal Communist Party in 2017 after winning a majority in Parliament. Just before the general election, the merger of the two communist parties led by Oli and Dahal became a strong political force. It was widely believed that Ollie and Dahal would split a five-year term, with each taking office. But 2 1/2 years after assuming power, Ollie has shown no signs of stepping down. “Differences and quarrels are nothing new in our political party, but this time it has turned into a national crisis because we are the largest party and we are in government,” said Khatiwada
Report by hindustantimes.com