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Nepal recalls envoy to India

world Updated: Jun 22, 2011 00:24 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Accusing him of failing to cooperate with the ruling coalition government, Nepal has recalled its envoy to India Rukma Shumsher Rana.

Two days after he was reportedly asked to submit his resignation, local media reported on Tuesday that foreign secretary Madan Kumar Bhattarai sent a letter to Rana on Monday asking him to return at the earliest.

Addressing a programme on Monday, deputy prime minister and foreign minister Upendra Yadav had accused the envoy of refusing to follow directives given by the government.

Rana who had been posted to New Delhi in October 2009 by the Nepali Congress-Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) government has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons recently.

With the new coalition government comprising CPN (UML), Maoists and other smaller parties coming to power in Februray this year, pressure has been mounting on him to quit.

"He failed to come to Kathmandu during External Affairs Minister SM Krishna's visit to Nepal in April this year," said Yadav, chief of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Nepal), a member of the present coalition.

The minister blamed Rana of not coordinating with India for Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal's maiden New Delhi visit and accused him of working against the interests of the present government.

The envoy, a shareholder and managing director of Dabur's Nepal venture, was also in the limelight when the company faced allegations of altering manufacturing dates of some products.

Yadav told newspersons that no decision has been taken yet on Rana's successor. But reports in local media suggest that foreign secretary Bhattarai could be chosen for the important diplomatic assignment.