Nepalese Prime Minister’s Decision to Dissolve Parliament is ‘Internal Matter’, India Says
India reacted cautiously on Thursday to Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve parliament and call snap elections, saying it was an internal matter that should be handled in accordance with the country’s democratic processes.
Oli’s detractors have described the move as a “constitutional coup”, and media reports have pointed to the role played by the Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, in efforts to design a patch between Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal. ” Prachanda “, the prime minister’s main rival in the ruling Communist Party of Nepal.
When asked about India’s position on the dissolution of Parliament and the political uncertainty in Nepal, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said: “We have taken note of recent political developments in Nepal. These are internal matters that Nepal must decide according to its democratic processes. ”
He added: “As a neighbor and supporter, India will continue to support Nepal and its people to advance on the path of peace, prosperity and development.”
This was the first foreign reaction to events in Nepal. One consequence of the political turmoil in Kathmandu was the cancellation of a planned visit to New Delhi this week by Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali to push for the normalization of bilateral relations after a border dispute in early this year.
Indian Army Chief Gen. MM Naravane, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla and Research and Analysis Wing Chief Samant Goel visited Kathmandu in recent weeks as part of efforts to re-stabilize ties after for Nepal to publish a new map that included Indian territories like Kalapani. The map was published in retaliation for the opening of a new strategic route to the Kalapani region in May by India.
On Sunday, Oli recommended that the president dissolve the House of Representatives and hold elections in April-May next year. Since then, Chinese envoy Hou Yanqi has held a series of meetings in an apparent attempt to mend relations between Oli and Prachanda, who merged their parties in 2018 to form the Communist Party of Nepal.
Hou met with Prachanda on Thursday, two days after she called President Bidya Devi Bhandari, who dissolved the House of Representatives and announced new elections. Prachanda has claimed control over the Communist Party of Nepal after removing Oli from the positions of leader and parliamentary chairman of the party.
This is not the first time that Hou has intervened in Nepalese politics in the midst of a crisis. In May, he met with Bhandari, Oli and the top leaders of the ruling party, including Prachanda, as the prime minister faced pressure to resign due to poor governance.