Faced with party revolt, Nepal PM blames India

The recent strife in ties with Kathmandu has foregrounded again India’s old fault lines with Nepal PM K P Oli. Faced with dissension in the ruling communist party, Oli Sunday accused Indian authorities, including the Indian embassy, of plotting his ouster.

Oli was Sunday quoted as having said that conspiracies were being hatched to ensure his removal after he released Nepal’s new map which shows territories in India’s Uttarakhand state as belonging to Nepal.

“Given the ongoing intellectual discussions, media reports from New Delhi, embassy’s activities and meetings at different hotels in Kathmandu, it is not very difficult to understand how people are openly active to oust me. But they won’t succeed,” he was quoted as saying by Kathmandu Post.

Oli’s remarks, and an apparent nationalist stance, come at a time his position is being seen as “shaky” because of factionalism in the ruling party and his rival and former PM P K Dahal Prachanda coming out against the PM’s alleged autocratic style of functioning.

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