Nepal’s decision to recall envoy is purely political, says India

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 09, 2016 23:20 IST
Nepal’s ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay. India has said that it has no role in the political developments in Nepal. (HT File Photo)

India denied, on Monday, any involvement in the political developments in Nepal which it described as purely political including Kathmandu’s decision to recall its ambassador here.

“It is easy to blame external factors for your internal political issues. India has no role in the political happenings in Nepal. Even Nepal’s decision to recall its envoy is purely political as he is a senior leader of Nepali Congress,” a government source said on Monday.

His remarks come in the wake of the controversy surrounding the recall of Nepal’s envoy to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, by the Nepalese government.

Upadhyay continued to stay put in his post in New Delhi after his country’s government was said to have ordered his recall, and was reported to have denied that he had colluded with India to topple the KP Oli dispensation in Nepal.

Nepal has also dismissed rumours that it was mulling expulsion of Indian envoy Ranjit Rae as “baseless” and said these were attempts to damage bilateral ties.

Media speculation was rife that the Nepalese government was mulling Rae’s expulsion in the backdrop of cancellation of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s maiden foreign visit to India and the controversy surrounding Upadhyay’s recall.

Nepal had on Saturday cancelled the visit of Bhandari to India hardly 72 hours before her departure for Delhi. Though no reason was assigned for cancellation of the trip, it was believed to indicate Nepal’s unhappiness with India over the latter’s alleged meddling in the internal affairs of the Himalayan nation.

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