National Congress Party: The turmoil in Nepal’s ruling camp

The unspoken canons of propriety govern an individual's behavior of being politically correct across different cultures. A little deviance from it can affect the stance of a person, especially those who are politically-affiliated. The recent ungracious remarks by Nepal's PM against India, coupled with his poor policy measures in tackling Covid-19, have shackled his political position in Nepal...

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A crucial meeting of the 45-member Standing Committee of the National Congress Party [NCP] of Nepal was scheduled to be held on 4th July 2020. The standing committee is one of the most powerful and strong committees of the NCP in Nepal. The meeting was scheduled to discuss and decide the fate of PM KP Oli. The urgency of the meeting relied heavily upon the past few actions of KP Oli, which were considered to be weak policy measures taken to govern the country.

Emergency meeting

An emergency cabinet meeting was called at the PM’s house in Nepal, to discuss the recent political developments in the country; especially with regards to some party members hatching a conspiracy to remove him from the office. He also claimed that many of the party members were trying to remove the current President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari from her office. He cast his doubts upon some members at “embassies and hotels” who were planning to move an impeachment motion against the President, and force him to resign from his PM’s office. The Ruling Communist Party’s executive Chairman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ along with two other former Prime Ministers of Nepal, clarified to the President that no such conspiracy was going on for removing her from office.

The alleged claim from the Executive Chairman of the ruling party and members of the standing committee has been that the PM has failed to live up to the expectations of the people. KP Oli has been blamed for being an inefficient PM during his tenure, whose policy decisions have not resulted in any benefits for the citizens of Nepal. This was fuelled further by two other actions taken by PM KP Oli, which has stirred the push for his resignation. To list his recent political indecisiveness- his politically incorrect remarks against India, along with poor policy decisions in battling against the spread of the Covid-19 virus at the national level.

Tormenting the historical negotiations

Prime Minister Oli had turned hostile against India in a few of his last speeches in the capital city of Kathmandu. In no particular order, recently Mr Oli accused few Nepali Officials of having colluded with India in conspiring against his rule and removing him from the PM’s office. Before that, he introduced a redrawn map of Nepal in the Parliament, whereby reclaiming three territories that belong to India. Geographically, the new political map of the country features Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura areas which India has claimed belong to it. The strain in the political relations between the two countries was observed immediately after the Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8. The follow-up response to this act of India from the Nepal PM was that the bridge passed through the Nepalese territory.

Sugauli Treaty

Referring to the Sugauli treaty signed between India and Nepal in 1815, the Nepalese often claim against the Indian maps; where Mahakali River which passes through the Kalapani area is considered as the boundary between the two countries. Due to this, the Nepalese people are known to claim in intervals against this disputed region, where India is known to have control over the past sixty years along with multiple structures erected upon the land.

The NCP has witnessed two factions led by PM KP Oli and Executive Chairman, Prachanda. Due to his ineffective actions in the past and political incorrectness, PM Oli is left with a minority party to support him. As a result, he has been postponing the meeting by the standing committee, and the budget session was also called off last week. Although Mr Oli has been trying to garner votes in his support, we’re yet to watch if the meeting scheduled on 6th July 2020 concludes with deferring Mr Oli from his PM’s office.

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