NEW DELHI: Although China appeared to be entering Nepal’s latest political crisis, India tried to keep a safe distance by saying Thursday that this week’s developments in Kathmandu, triggered by Prime Minister KP Oli’s decision to dissolve Parliament , it was internal affairs of Nepal.
In what was its first reaction to the turmoil in Nepal, the Foreign Ministry also said that, as neighbor and benevolent, India will continue to support Nepal and its people in moving forward on the path of peace, prosperity. and development.
“We have noticed the recent political developments in Nepal. These are internal issues that Nepal has to decide according to its democratic process, “MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said.
Official sources have also said the crisis that has already seen the sentence Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) effectively split in two is unlikely to hinder India’s development work in Nepal. After Covid-19, and the recent thaw in ties that has seen the recovery bilateral meetings although differences persisted over the Kalapani border issue, India had tried to boost its economic and trade ties with Nepal.
Following the visit of Foreign Minister Harsh Shringla, the Secretaries of Trade and Energy also met in quick succession virtually to accelerate work on Indian projects in Nepal. Official sources said bilateral commitments it will continue with Nepal even if not at a high level.
India’s official reaction was in stark contrast to China’s efforts to ostensibly broker a truce between Oli and PK Dahal Prachanda factions. Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi has so far met with the president of Nepal BD Bhandari and Dahal since Oli dissolved Parliament on Sunday.
A leader considered close to Dahal said Thursday that the NCP co-chair had discussed “bilateral concerns” with Hou who worked tirelessly to avoid a split in the party. The Kathmandu Post quoted a member of the Prachanda secretariat as saying that “the discussions must have revolved around contemporary political developments”.
In May of this year and again in July, Hou held a series of meetings with Bhandari, Oli, Dahal and other leaders of the NCP while Oli faced pressure to resign.
Although China has so far worked to enlist Oli’s support, its main focus now appears to be to ensure that the Communist alliance remains intact ahead of next year’s elections.
Several leaders, as Kathmandu reports state, had defined the Chinese envoy’s series of meetings with ruling party leaders as interference in Nepal’s internal political affairs.
Oli was previously removed from office as party chairman on Tuesday by a meeting of the central committee of the faction led by Prachanda, which also decided to take disciplinary action against him for the dissolution of the House of Representatives “unconstitutionally”.