What PM Oli’s Victory in Nepal means for India

The left alliance has won the elections in Nepal. With this success comes, K.P Oli as the person with power. He has never had good relationships with India, and is a China supporter. This seems to be worrisome for the Indian Nepal relationship.

What PM Oli’s Victory in Nepal means for India
What PM Oli’s Victory in Nepal means for India

The left alliance in Nepal is a combination of Maoists rebels and communists. They have won 84 seats in the national parliament with a lead in a further 31, which secures majority. This means a stable government, after years of instability and many government changes. Natural disasters such as the 2015 earthquake killed 9,000 people have proven to be a major loss in the economic climate of Nepal too.

The left alliance has won 84 seats in the national parliament and leads in a further 31, securing a majority.

K.P Oli who is the most probable choice of leading Nepal has had a difficult relationship in the past with India. He leans closer to his Chinese counterparts. Nepal is between the two powerhouses India and China, and with this election India loses part of the power.

India’s relationship with Nepal has always been good, with a lot of help in times of disasters such as the 2015 earthquake. India also welcomes Nepalese for being recruited in the Indian army and also Nepalese with a freedom in living in India.

India however imposed an economic blockade against Nepal when political representation was not visible to the Tharus, Janjatis and the Madhesis which equal to almost 51% of the population of Nepal.

Chinese influence in the Maoist and Communist alliance is obviously a factor where the support of Chinese will be high. In addition to this, Oli had signed an agreement to use Chinese ports due to Nepal being landlocked, and a rail link between Nepal and China. Exports of Chinese products such as Petroleum products will be increased to Nepal.

Nepal being land locked could depend on India too for its assistance. However with the relationship stronger with the Chinese, it looks pretty dim now.

Former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal added, “it will make the management of our diplomatic relations with Nepal more difficult and complicated.”

India needs to reassure the Nepali government by working alongside them for infrastructure projects and not get into internal political matters. With lakhs of Nepalese already working in India, this is the best bet for solving the growing difference between India’s Himalayan neighbors Nepal.