AMID allegations of him colluding with India to topple the K P Oli government back home, Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay has been dismissed.
Upadhyay had refused to resign despite the government reportedly ordering his recall. He is now likely to leave Delhi on Wednesday.
A high-level source told The Indian Express that Upadhyay, who belongs to the opposition Nepali Congress Party, had been warned at least twice “not to leave the station without informing the government, and not to indulge in partisan politics”, but had repeatedly defied the instructions.
The official added, “Only a few weeks ago, he was stopped on the way to a sensitive and a tense place in western Nepal to participate in a programme along with Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae.”
However, the official clarified, it was simply a coincidence that Upadhyay’s recall came along with the cancellation of Nepal President Bidhya Bhandari’s scheduled visit to Delhi.
“Upadhyay was here last week and quietly engaged in the unsuccessful game to topple the K P Oli government in close cooperation with a Congress party parliamentarian and a foreign diplomat. On Thursday morning, soon after the bid to topple the government failed in Kathmandu, Upadhyay was informed by Foreign Secretary
Shankar Bairagi that President Bhandari’s Delhi trip had been cancelled, and in the next breath, Bairagi also asked him to put in his papers and come back as per the decision of the government,” the source said. “After he failed to comply with it, he was dismissed the same evening.”
Bhandari had cancelled her visit to India hardly 72 hours before her departure for Delhi.
In a tweet on Sunday, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav expressed concern over the growing “anti-India rhetoric” in Nepal, and said the internal “power struggle” in the neighbouring country was responsible for the recent developments there.
“Palace coup not new in Nepal. Growing anti-India rhetoric holding it responsible fr what actually ws an internal power struggle is a concern,” Madhav tweeted.-with PTI