Oli’s remarks against India undiplomatic, says Nepal leader

Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has committed three “mistakes” with his recent “undiplomatic” and “irritating” anti-India statements, a senior leader of the ruling Communist Party has said, amidst mounting pressure on the embattled leader who is facing calls for resignation.

Last month, Mr. Oli alleged that India was conspiring with his political rivals to throw him out of power. His remark came over a week after Nepal approved a Bill to redraw the country’s map demarcating the Lipulekh mountain pass, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura — the area at the centre of the dispute between India and Nepal — under its territory.

The embattled Prime Minister stoked another controversy this month by claiming that the “real” Ayodhya lies not in India but in Nepal and that Lord Ram was born in Thori in southern Nepal.

Reacting to Mr. Oli’s remarks, the spokesperson of Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) and member of the powerful Central Secretariat Narayankaji Shrestha described the Prime Minister’s statements as “undiplomatic”.

“Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has committed a blunder by making irritating remarks against India, at a time when there is a need for resolving the border issue through dialogue,” he said.

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