A central committee member of Nepal’s ruling political party has called for the deportation of the Indian ambassador based in Kathmandu.
Surya Thapa, the head of publicity department of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML), called for an immediate deportation of ambassador Ranjit Rae in order to avert further damage to the age-old bilateral relationship between Nepal and India. He claimed that the envoy is acting more like a local political leader than remaining within the peripheries of diplomatic etiquette.
“There are signs Nepal-India relationship will not be normal until and unless Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae is deported,” says a Facebook status of the upcoming communist leader of Nepal’s second largest political party.
Mr Thapa claims Mr Rae is the main ‘factor’ behind India’s ongoing informal blockade on Nepal and holds him guilty for the hairy relationship between the two friendly nations.
Known for his firebrand and no-nonsense personality, he also told a Nepali-language media that no diplomat has the privilege of openly commenting on and criticising the internal affairs of a host nation. “The government must immediately initiate the process of his deportation as he is playing a role against Nepal and Nepalese people,” the former journalist demanded in response to questions on his status.
The youth leader likened the ambassador to Madhesi leaders because of his propensity to deliver ‘speech’ just the way agitating Madhesi leaders have done in the past few months.
A number of Madhesi groups are currently engaged in sometime-peaceful-sometime-violent protest programmes against the newly-promulgated constitution which they believe does not fully guarantee their rights as Nepal’s bona-fide citizens.
A large section of the non-Madhesi Nepalese people also support the fact that the government must listen to the just ask of these Nepalese of Indian origin who traditionally reside in the southern plains districts of the Himalayan nation.
Stressing on his country’s need to closely understand India’s strategy apropos Nepal and proceed accordingly, Mr Thapa added that the Indian envoy has been busy creating misunderstanding and distance between the two nations rather than constructive in bridging the increasing gap.
It is noteworthy that Mr Thapa belongs to a party that leads the current government of Nepal and hence, it cannot be taken as a mere blabbering of a disgruntled leader unhappy with the fuel-less festive season.
It remains to be seen if the development is a new point of departure in Indo-Nepal relationship.