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PM Oli Smells Conspiracy Against President Bhandari

Either Me or Prachanda? PM Asks Ministers To Clear Their Sides
(Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held a political meeting with Ministers and Ministers of State at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Saturday evening. Kathmandu, 4 July, 2020. Photo: PM Secretariat)

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- Amid the ongoing feud within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who has been advocating for a balanced foreign policy of Nepal by implementing the US-Nepal Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) development project, has warned that conspiracy is being hatched against him and President Bidya Devi Bhandari with an ill motive of ousting them from their respective posts.

“I have heard that my party opponents are conspiring to impeach President Bhandari and oust me, too, from the government,” PM Oli said, as he called a meeting of his ministers to brief them about the party dispute.

PM Oli was further dissatisfied that some of the ministers themselves were going against him in the party’s internal stalemate.

(A group of independent youths have spontaneously staged a silent demonstration in Melamchi in support of the Prime Minister and CPN (Maoist) Chairman KP Sharma Oli, Melamchi, 4 July, 2020. Photo by Devraj Subedi-RSS)

“How can you go against me yourself being in the government?” PM Oli was quoted as saying in the meeting without naming the minister(s), who went against him. “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.”

Earlier, PM Oli 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. Issuance of an ordinance from the President paving for a party reshuffle, demanding a special party convention or dissolving the parliament, are among the solutions, it is learned.

Meanwhile, NCP party co-chair and PM Oli’s opponent Prachanda has organized a meeting of his supporting party secretariat members at his residence at Khumaltar, Lalitpur. The meeting was attended by Madhav Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal, Bamdev Gautam, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Ram Bahadur Thapa and Prachanda himself.

PM Oli has consented for a meeting with Prachanda on Sunday morning, July 5, 2020, Nepali Time, but PM Oli is not much hopeful about the outcomes of the meeting, according to political analysts.

“PM Oli may meet Prachanda, but he is pretty sure about the next steps he has to take amid Prachanda and his far left supporters not willing to endorse the nationalistic agenda of PM Oli,” said the sources.

In a bid to check India and China’s growing clouts in Nepal, PM Oli decided to implement the US 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 and as well as the Chinese ones, who had silently consented for the Indian control of those territories.

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