Nepal’s CPN-UNL dismisses Oli tirade against India

Kathmandu, June 5 (IANS) Nepal’s ruling CPN-UML denied on Sunday that Prime Minister K.P. Oli had accused India of trying to topple his government.

In a statement, party Secretary Pradip Gyawali rejected media reports to this effect and said Oli had not made any such statement at any meeting.

Media reports here cited Oli, who is also the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) chairman, as saying at the ongoing party Standing Committee meeting, that the US was also on the same page with India and both countries were hatching a conspiracy against his government and party.

Oli reportedly told party leaders that this had transpired as they had “started taking our decisions on our own”, and the present conflict in Nepal was over who will take decisions, and will “they be made by us or somewhere else outside the country”.

He said India was not cooperating with his government and seeking an alternative, according to the reports.

However, Gyawali stressed in the statement that the Oli government had received “well hearted support” from neighbouring countries and misunderstandings with India had been cleared.

“Our neighbours have exhibited generous support in the peace process, constitution drafting process and during search and rescue during last year’s earthquake… the generosity shown by the neighbours to carry out the reconstruction work is commendable,” he said, adding that the government expected better cooperation from neighbouring counties in the days to come.

Nepal-India ties saw a rough patch since Nepal promulgated its new constitution last September with India continuously urging its leaderships to resolve the political standoff in the Madhes area of the Terai region.

(Anil Giri can be contacted at girianil@gmail.com)

–IANS

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