Oli says plots being hatched in Delhi and Kathmandu to unseat himThe prime minister ups nationalistic rhetoric, saying people are trying to remove him for adopting a new political map of Nepal.
Tika R Pradhan
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said plots were being hatched in New Delhi and Kathmandu to unseat him.
“Plots are being hatched to topple me for releasing the country’s new map and getting it adopted through Parliament,” said Oli on Sunday while addressing a function organised by the Madan Bhandari Foundation at Baluwatar to commemorate the leader’s 69th birth anniversary. “Given the ongoing intellectual discussions, media reports from New Delhi, embassy’s activities and meetings at different hotels in Kathmandu, it is not very difficult to understand how people are openly active to oust me. But they won’t succeed.”
Oli has been facing criticism from within and outside the party for his failure on multiple fronts, while his government has been embroiled in controversy. He, however, managed to win over parties from across the spectrum to adopt a new political map of Nepal depicting Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura as Nepali territories.
Since then, Oli has made it his refrain that his nationalistic stance will prompt some forces to hatch conspiracies against him.
Oli is facing a crisis within his own Nepal Communist Party as well, with the majority of Standing Committee members criticising him at the ongoing meeting.
“If anyone thinks they can topple me, I would like to remind them that our national unity is not that weak,” said Oli.
Oli argued that there won’t be anyone left to speak for the country if he is ousted.
“I am not for continuing as prime minister for long. But if I quit today, there won’t be anyone left to speak for the country,” said Oli. “I have to continue as prime minister–not for myself but for the country’s sake and not for today but for tomorrow.”
Oli also took a jibe at his opponents within his party.
“The Nepal Communist Party and its Parliamentary Party do not get swayed by anyone,” said Oli. “It would be better if everyone understands this fact that the map was not published just like that.”