N24 Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli left his official residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, briefly, for his private residence in Balkot, Bhaktapur to mark the Hindu festival of Rakshya Bandhan, announcing that he is well determined to complete his remaining tenure of two and half years as the Prime Minister of Nepal.
“There is no question of resigning in the middle of the journey,” PM Oli was quoted as saying by his former minister Gokul Baskota, who is currently residing in PM Oli’s house with his family.
“I was in Banepa for Rakshya Bandhan and rushed to Balkot, as I was informed that PM Oli is visiting with his family,” Baskota said.
PM Oli was accompanied by his wife Radhika Shakya, while he was briefed by the security and administrative officials of Bhaktapur district about the ongoing efforts to control the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, PM Oli and co-chair of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” held a meeting in a bid to sort out differences.
Deputy Leader of NCP parliamentary party, Subash Chandra Nemwang and party leader Jhalanath Khanal also participated in the meeting.
“PM Oli wants to resolve differences only through the legitimate means. He may be willing to handover party leadership, but not abruptly, and only through a general convention. Prachanda and other leaders have to understand that only the legitimate means of change are helpful for the state of peace and stability of Nepal,” said a political source, who did not want to be named.
“The next meeting between PM Oli and Prachanda is scheduled for 5 pm Tuesday but it is a flexible date and time,” said the source.
The pro-China lobby of NCP led by Prachanda, Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal have been attempting to destabilize the country by demanding an untimely resignation of PM Oli, it is learned.
PM Oli, who supported a balanced foreign policy going beyond the influence of Nepal’s immediate neighbors India and China, favored a $500 million US-Nepal development project, known as the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact.
China considered this project as a challenge for its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and manipulated the pro-China faction of the NCP, so that they could protest and obstruct the PM from implementing the MCC.
The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu further fell into controversy for allegedly distributing money to a section of civil society and media to protest and write against the MCC, and for their involvement in hacking data from the compound of North Korean Embassy in Kathmandu.
“China is growing impatient in Nepal. Nepal’s foreign policy does not and should not limit just to India and China. Both these neighbors are important for Nepal, but Nepal also enjoys more than 70-year-old friendship and exchanges with the U.S., and more than 200 years of the Gurkha bond and friendship with Britain. Facts are facts. China and India have to respect Nepal’s ground realities,” added the source.
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