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Monday, 9 January 2017

Dhamala Ko Hamala with Kp Oli

Posted by Dhruba shrestha Jan 9, 2017 :
The dramatic resignation of Nepal's (now former) prime minister KP Oli's with a two-hour long speech in the Nepali parliament moments before facing the vote of no confidence brought jointly by the Maoists led by Prachanda (the leader of the erstwhile rebels in the decade-long armed conflict from 1996-2006) and the Nepali Congress has brought renewed focus on the India-Nepal relationship. Coverage in the Indian media has mostly sought to place this asa victory of the Indian establishment and a recalibration of Nepal away from Beijing's sphere of influence and back to New Delhi's orbit. But, is that really the case? The 8th Prime Minister of Nepal this decade, KP Oli of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninists) became the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal and the first prime minister under the Constitution of Nepal (2015) in October 2015 as the head of a motley coalition which included the Maoists led by Prachanda, monarchists and various small parties. As prime minister, Oli's government faced the immediate twin challenges of: (i) implementing the contested new Constitution which envisages a federal Nepal (ii) managing the rehabilitation and reconstruction after the devastating earthquake of April 2015

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