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PM Oli-Prachanda Talks End Inconclusively

Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanqi Calls On Madhav Nepal

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- Amid the ongoing internal feud of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held a meeting with his party co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” at the PM’s residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, as the talks between the top two leaders of the NCP ended without a conclusion.

The talks were held for about one and half hours and the next talks are scheduled for Monday, according to sources.

“If Prachanda refuses to come to an understanding with the PM, the PM may send an Ordinance for approval to the President for reshuffling the NCP,” said the sources.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi has called on NCP senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal at the latter’s residence in Koteshwor, Kathmandu. The Chinese Ambassador and Nepal are learned to have discussed the ongoing impasse within the NCP.

On the same day, NCP leader Subash Nemwang, who is close to PM Oli, met with Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba at the latter’s residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu. Congress leader Minendra Rijal facilitated the meeting, which focused on the current political situation of Nepal.

Earlier, PM Oli warned that a conspiracy is being hatched against him and President Bidya Devi Bhandari with an ill motive of ousting them from their respective posts. PM Oli further asked his ministers to clear their sides in the fight between him and party co-chair Prachanda.

“How can you go against me yourself being in the government?” PM Oli was quoted as saying in a meeting with his ministers. “It is better for everybody to please clear your sides as to whether you support me or my opponent Prachanda.”

PM Oli said he will not fight with truth, but will not bow to falsehood either. “Our party unity is at stake, because of some leaders creating unnecessary hurdles within our party rank. Our party may have to be reshuffled and you have to make up your mind now.”

PM Oli also went to Shital Niwas and is learned to have discussed the current political impasse in the ruling NCP and the country and thereby, potential solutions, too.

In a bid to check India and China’s growing clouts in Nepal, PM Oli decided to implement the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) project in Nepal, which was opposed by the pro-Indian and pro-Chinese lobbies of his party.

The pro-Chinese lobbies opposed MCC, as that would curtail the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China. Likewise, the pro-Indian lobbies opposed MCC, as they wanted to divert the $500 million project either to India or Bhutan.

PM Oli earlier issued a new political map of Nepal incorporating the Nepalese territories of Limpiadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani, which are still occupied by India. This nationalistic move of PM Oli angered the Indian lobby as well as the Chinese ones, who had silently consented for the Indian control of those territories.

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