While the world governments are striving to control and prevent the coronavirus pandemic, the Nepali Government is reportedly indulging in political issues.
The inadequate healthcare facilities and improper management of quarantine centers have put Nepal at a higher risk of coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the intra-party disputes in the country are making the situation worse.
What PM Oli has been long attempting to avoid has finally come as the top leaders from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have demanded him to resign as both prime minister and party chairman.
During the Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday, Executive Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, senior leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, and Bam Dev Gautam, have demanded Oli to step down from power.
A total of at least 18 Standing Committee members sought PM Oli’s resignation claiming that he had failed to run the government and the party effectively.
“Not only Dahal, all Standing Committee members who spoke today univocally demanded Oli’s resignation from both the party chair and the government saying that he cannot run both,” said former PM Khanal.
Though the meeting was supposed to be focused on the coronavirus pandemic response, the agenda was diverted by the Prime Minister’s recent controversial statements on India.
Earlier on June 28, Prime Minister KP Oli stated that the forces within Nepal and India were conspiring to oust him from power in an apparent bid to take revenge against his resolute move to endorse a new political map.
“I have come to know that meetings and seminars were being organized in India against Nepal’s decision to amend the constitution by incorporating the revised map in the coat of arms,” said PM Oli.
These remarks have drawn huge criticism and confusion among the party leaders and the public.
As soon as the meeting was started on Tuesday, Chairman Dahal slammed PM Oli for his controversial remarks on Sunday.
“The PM’s remarks that India was conspiring to remove him were neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate,” he said.
“You have tarnished the image of the party by speaking against India. International relations cannot be balanced by fighting with India,” Dahal told PM Oli.
“PM Oli has lost the moral ground to lead the government and the party after his recent remarks. It is time for him to step down from power to pave the way for others,” said leaders during the meeting.