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K P Oli: The man who would be prime minister of Nepal

With a long and tedious process for election of the PM now underway in Nepal, Oli has emerged as the front-runner for the Prime Minister's post with a majority of the 601 members in the House, on his side.

Written by Yubharaj Ghimire | New Delhi | Published: October 7, 2015 5:48 pm
Nepalese people and Madhesi party leaders block a bridge in Birgunj, a town on the border with India, around 300 kilometers (200 miles) east of Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (Source: AP photo) Nepalese people and Madhesi party leaders block a bridge in Birgunj, a town on the border with India, around 300 kilometers (200 miles) east of Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (Source: AP photo)

The Naxalbari movement in West Bengal in the late sixties and early seventies, had a spill over effect across the international border. Inspired by it, a group of young communists in Nepal killed seven ‘class enemies’ in Jhapa district to mark the beginning of a revolution that they thought would upstage the monarchy, transform Nepal into a red-radical bastion and establish one party communist rule.

The organization and its dreams, however, were crushed by the ruling royal regime and most of its leaders were arrested soon after. K P Oli, then 22, was among those arrested. He was released from jail 14 years later as King Birendra considered liberalising the regime.

Oli had changed by then, mellowed down and chosen to associate himself with the more pragmatic communist group that was functioning as a clandestine outfit. In 1990 , he was one of the key second generation leaders of a united Communist Party that had decided to work under the leadership of the Nepali Congress, in the movement for restoration of democracy. With its success, Nepal became a constitutional monarchy and multi-party democracy.

With a long and tedious process for election of the PM now underway in Nepal, Oli has emerged as the front-runner for the Prime Minister’s post with a majority of the 601 members in the House, on his side.

Oli came to lead the party after series of accidents and the elimination of senior leaders largely due to their poor performance. Its most charismatic leader Madan Bhandari died in a mysterious road accident in 1992, its most venerable leader and the first communist Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikari died in 1996, its two party chiefs –Madhav Nepal and Jhalnath Khanal – left the leadership position without expanding the party’s base.

Oli took over as party chairman three years ago, and was able to establish the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist as the second largest in Parliament.

A man known for his acerbic tongue, and deriding his political rivals, Oli is liked or hated for telling the truth as he sees it. He was branded as ‘pro-India’ for awarding the ambitious Mahakali Hydro Project to India that led to a split within his own party.

Now he is seen as anti-Indian after he refused to accept some informal suggestions by India on province formation and Madhesi rights. He is also the loudest voice opposing the ‘undeclared blockade’ launched by India on Nepal after the promulgation of the Constitution on September 20.

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    Harry
    Oct 7, 2015 at 11:30 pm
    Nepalese are confident Oli would import Oil from China.
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      ramesh
      Oct 11, 2015 at 9:57 am
      This pro Indian commentater (jagdish ) should not be allowed to write any comment. He is an indian and should shut his mouth before someone shut him off totally. Harm .
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        JAGDISH
        Oct 9, 2015 at 6:48 pm
        This is a serious problem which is the creation of these 3 pahari parties. Why they did not implement agreements done with Mahdeshis in 2007 itself. They are not demanding anything new but just saying that they will end this agitation if those agreements are implemented. These leaders went to Tarai Region during election and promised that if elected and voted by mahedshi people they will take care of their rights. They betra their trust. What was stopping them to implement 2007 agreements. So those fools who blame India should look at the dishonesty and betrayal of their own leaders. These leaders in order to hide their own mistakes are blaming India for this problem. NEPALIS SHOULD ASK THEIR LEADERS , WHY THEY LIED AND BETRA THEIR OWN MAHEDSHI PEOPLE, OR DO THEY THINK THAT MAHDESHIS ARE NOT NEPALI , A 2ND CL CITIZENS AND DOES NOT MATTER TO THEM AT ALL ???? NEPALIS IN KATHMANDU SUPPORTING THESE CORRUPT LEADERS ARE THE BIGGEST S OF THE WORLD AND THE MOST STUPID PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF EARTH.
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          JAGDESH
          Oct 10, 2015 at 12:12 am
          This is a serious problem which is the creation of these 3 pahari parties. Why they did not implement agreements done with Mahdeshis in 2007 itself. They are not demanding anything new but just saying that they will end this agitation if those agreements are implemented. These leaders went to Tarai Region during election and promised that if elected and voted by mahedshi people they will take care of their rights. They betra their trust. What was stopping them to implement 2007 agreements. So those fools who blame India should look at the dishonesty and betrayal of their own leaders. These leaders in order to hide their own mistakes are blaming India for this problem. NEPALIS SHOULD ASK THEIR LEADERS , WHY THEY LIED AND BETRA THEIR OWN MAHEDSHI PEOPLE, OR DO THEY THINK THAT MAHDESHIS ARE NOT NEPALI , OR A 2ND CL CITIZENS AND DOES NOT MATTER TO THEM AT ALL ???? NEPALIS IN KATHMANDU SUPPORTING THESE CORRUPT LEADERS ARE THE BIGGEST S OF THE WORLD AND THE MOST STUPID PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF EARTH. YOU CAN NOT ARGUE WITH FOOLS AND S. LET THEM GO TO CHINA FOR ALL THEIR NEEDS AND ONLY THEN THEY WILL KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA. THEY LIKE TO WAVE CHINA CARD ALWAY, SO LET THEM USE THIS SO CALLED CHINA CARD . SOME FOOLS ONLY LEARN THE HARD WAY.
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            Rajeev
            Oct 7, 2015 at 8:03 pm
            Oli or Oil ? .The choice is Oli of course.:)
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