Kathmandu recalls its New Delhi envoy; Reasons float…

Kathmandu: Bidhya Devi Bhandari of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist waves her hand after she was elected as Nepal's new president in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Bhandari, 54, who has long campaigned for women's rights was elected Wednesday as Nepal's first female president.  Photo - PTI

FILE: Kathmandu: Bidhya Devi Bhandari of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist waves her hand after she was elected as Nepal’s new president in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Bhandari, 54, who has long campaigned for women’s rights was elected Wednesday as Nepal’s first female president.
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Nepal on Friday recalled its Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyaya over the charges of non-cooperation and indulging in anti-government activities. Prior to the sudden development late on Friday, the Ambassador had reportedly “confronted” his Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli regarding the cancellation of Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s scheduled visit to India.

The conversation between Oli and Upadhyaya reportedly took place after the cancellation of the President’s trip.

According to reports, the Nepalese Cabinet had decided to recall Upadhyaya after his brief conversation with the Prime Minister.

Nepal President BD Bhandari was scheduled to visit India from May 9 as the state guest at the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee. She was also scheduled to participate in a Shahi Snan in Ujjain’s Simhastha Kumbh on May 14.

Earlier in the day, government sources in New Delhi said, “We have learnt that Nepali President Bidyadevi Bhandari’s official visit to India has been postponed by the Nepali side. We understand that this is on account of the political developments in Nepal.”

Upadhyaya, who prior to stint in diplomacy was an active politician of opposition Nepali Congress, was appointed as Nepal’s envoy to India in April last year.

Charged with indulging in anti-government activities, Upadhyaya has also been accused of visiting Madhes districts of southern Nepal along with Indian envoy Ranjit Rae without informing his Foreign ministry, Nepal press reported.

Reportedly, the Nepalese diplomat has been also charged with involvement in toppling the Oli government, it added.

Prime Minister KS Sharma Oli on Friday survived a threat to his government after a U-turn by Prachanda-led Maoists who decided not to withdraw support to him “for the time being”.

Earlier this week, UCPN-Maoist led by Prachanda triggered political instability by declaring the end of the coalition with the ruling CPN-UML.

The Maoists and the opposition Nepali Congress have accused Prime Minister KP Oli for failing to implement the new Constitution, address problems related to Madhesis, expedite the post-quake reconstruction work, failing to check soaring prices and promoting black marketing and corruption.

(With inputs from the PTI)