In what appeared to be a fresh veiled attack on India, outgoing Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli Friday said the “neighbour” had “deprived Nepal of its sleep”.
Oli further added that he would not allow the reversal of any of the agreements his government had reached with China during his tenure.
Speaking at a programme organised by the Madan Bhandari Foundation, Oli said all the agreements with China were signed at a time “Nepal was pushed to the brink” by the alleged neighbour. “Many kitchens in Nepal went without fire, because of the (alleged) blockade,” he said.
“Does that neighbour want the Nepalese people to die?” he asked without mentioning India. He contrasted the acts by the “neighbour” with everything that China had done to help Nepal at the time of crisis.
“Our neighbour deprived Nepal of its sleep. Can we tolerate that? It behaved like our sovereignty and interest do not matter… It was only keen to have its interests imposed on us,” Oli said.
The outgoing PM added that any bid to reverse the agreements he signed with China would be fought with “all our might”, adding, “After all, this government has to function from Nepal, not outside its territory.” In what appeared to be a clear jibe at the new coalition, he said it was allegedly formed with “outsiders’ initiative”.
Oli’s tone and tenure Friday in presence of senior leaders from the Maoist party as well as the Nepali Congress — the two major coalition partners in the government that is likely to replace him next week — also indicated that Oli’s policy, especially his stand off with India and proximity with China, has takers across the parties.
He further asserted whatever he did, was never against Nepal’s geopolitical interest.
Meanwhile, Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” met Chinese ambassador Wu Xuntai to dispel any the impression that his return to power would amount to “neutralising what Oli did”.