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Chinese delegation meets Nepal Communist Party leader Prachanda, Madhav Kumar amid political crisis

A high-powered Chinese delegation led by the Deputy Minister of the Communist Party of China tried to iron out differences between the two rival factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) in Nepal, with top party leaders Pushp Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Madhav I met Nepal on Monday and discussed the political situation in the country. Guo Yezhu, deputy minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC), who is leading the delegation, arrived here on Sunday. This is seen as China’s attempt to save the NCP from breaking up.

Guo met Prachanda. After the ousting of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli from the party’s parliamentary leader and its president, he is claiming his control over the party. The ‘Kathmandu Post’ quoted Prachanda’s secretariat as saying that the situation arose after Oli’s move to dissolve the contemporary politics, especially the House of Representatives, to bring together the two factions of the NCP and a meeting on matters of cooperation between Nepal and China Was discussed in

Earlier, a 4-member delegation also met Nepal’s President Vidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Oli to facilitate reconciliation between the two factions. The ‘My Republica’ newspaper reported that the President’s Office and the Prime Minister’s Office have confirmed these meetings, but did not make it public what the talks were during the meeting.

He told that Guo personally knows all the senior NCP leaders. He also consulted with Madhav Nepal, who replaced Oli in the party-led group. The Kathmandu Post quoted sources as saying, “Oli has announced mid-term elections on April 30 and May 10 after dissolving the house, so the Chinese delegation is also reviewing whether it is possible to hold elections. is.”

The Chinese delegation will also meet Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and Janata Samajwadi Party President Upendra Yadav. News agency PTI quoted sources as saying that China is unhappy with the split in the NCP. The Guo are trying to iron out differences between the two factions of the ruling party. Of these, one group is being led by Oli while the other is leading the group.

The news said that Guo had earlier visited Kathmandu in February 2018, when the Oli-led CPN-UML and the Prachanda-led NCP (Maoist Center) were about to merge and their alliance won in the 2017 general election. A unified Communist Party was to be formed later. In May 2018, the two communist parties merged and formed a new political party called NCP.

The Post reported that a leader of the ruling party told that Guo would take stock of the situation inside the NCP and would try to find the two groups a common ground for the party’s solidarity. He will also convey the message of the Chinese leadership, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, to the Nepalese leadership. A member of the standing committee said that China has sent Guo at a time when NCP is in trouble.

It is worth mentioning that the political crisis started in Nepal last Sunday, when Oli, who is inclined towards China, suddenly took a step and recommended dissolution of the 275-member house. This incident happened in the midst of a tug of power with his fierceness.

Following the recommendation of the Prime Minister, the President dissolved the House of Representatives on the same day and announced to hold fresh elections in April and May next year. This was opposed by the fiercely led faction of NCP. Prachanda is also the co-chairman of NCP. This is not the first time that China has interfered in the internal affairs of Nepal.

In May and July, the Chinese representative held separate meetings with the President, Prime Minister and other senior leaders of the NCP including Prachanda. At that time, there was increasing pressure on Oli to resign. Several leaders of various political parties in Nepal called the Chinese Ambassador’s serial meetings with the ruling party leaders an interference in the internal political affairs of Nepal.

China’s political intervention in Nepal has increased in recent years with billions of dollars being invested under the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, including China’s ‘Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network’. Apart from investment, the Chinese ambassador also tried to garner support for Oli.

According to ‘Kathmandu Post’, CPC and NCP have been regularly involved in training programs. In September last year, NCP organized a seminar and invited CPC leaders to visit Kathmandu to inform Nepalese leaders about Xi’s views. This was organized before the first visit of the Chinese President to Nepal.

Indian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava, while giving a cautious response to the fast-growing political developments in Nepal, said on Thursday that it was an internal matter of the neighboring country (Nepal) and in this regard according to its democratic processes Have to decide.

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