KATHMANDU: India has declined to take Ram Karki as ambassador to Delhi and has conveyed the decision. This has been confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha who has said India has “officially” conveyed its decision not to endorse Karki’s nomination.
Indian “unwillingness” to accept Karki as Nepalese ambassador to Delhi is a setback to government. Desparate bid by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to have him taken did not prove any good. Ram Thapa was declined in 2009 too. After Indians came to know that Karki would be given the ambassadorial job in New Delhi, they verbally requested Prachanda not to appoint him, offering several reasons.
Later, the government had picked Chandra Kanta Poudel but the subsequent Madhav Kumar Nepal-led government appointed Rukma Shumsher Rana as the ambassador in 2010. He is believed to have three names Ram, Partha and Surendra which has confused Indians who are not in a position to verify.
Karki spent most of his time there during the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. The reasons could be many though. One of the reasons is his long association with the Gorkhaland movement. He had made several statements in favour of Gorkhaland on various occasions which made India suspicious, sources added
Another reason is his wife, who is a second-class gazetted officer in the Sikkim government. Thirdly, he was not a unanimous candidate within the Maoist party.
Many Maoist leaders, including party Chairman Prachand were unhappy about his nomination. Some Maoist leaders claimed that the Indian High Court had passed a verdict against him which put officials in a dilemma whether to approve the nomination.
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