Where is a petro­prod­ucts deal? Test­ing time for Oli

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Re­porter

Dur­ing his first visit to Bei­jing in the ca­pac­ity of the prime min­is­ter of Nepal two years ago, KP Sharma Oli and his Chi­nese coun­ter­part had agreed to im­port 30 per­cent out of the to­tal im­ports of our petro­prod­ucts from China. This time, we have not seen this agenda in Oli's list. Nepal is to­tally de­pen­dent upon In­dia in many items, in­clud­ing petro-prod­ucts. To re­call, dur­ing the Pan­chayat days, the Nepal Oil Cor­po­ra­tion used to bring crude oil from the Gulf coun­tries and they were pro­cessed in In­dia. Along with the in­tro­duc­tion of mul­ti­party democ­racy, this process ended as Nepal started to buy petro-prod­ucts only from In­dia which also im­ported such oil from the Gulf coun­tries. It is not good to de­pend upon any par­tic­u­lar coun­try on such a com­mod­ity such as petro-prod­ucts. When Oli had de­cided to im­port 30 per­cent of our petro-prod­ucts need from China, all the Nepali had ap­plauded his bold de­ci­sion. Within two years, al­though now he is en­joy­ing a twothirds ma­jor­ity in the par­lia­ment, it seems, he is not bold like he was dur­ing that time. Another agenda that the en­tire Nepalis had ap­pre­ci­ated was the trans­porta­tion and tran­sit agree­ment with China. China, so far was ready to fi­nal­ize this deal dur­ing Oli's visit to China this time, but Oli didn't wish to give a fi­nal shape to this agenda. May be the then bold Oli has be­come very weak with the bur­den of the two-thirds ma­jor­ity. Re­mov­ing the por­tion of Kath­mandu-Pokhara-Lumbini rail-route by Oli this time, it seems this is an ef­fort to please his bosses in New Delhi. So far, this time, the Nepalis will have the op­por­tu­nity to test Oli's pa­tri­otic stance. Oli's present Bei­jing visit will de­cide whether Oli will be writ­ing his name in the his­tory books as a pa­tri­otic and coura­geous Nepali leader or he will also re­main in the fold of other lead­ers who are known to be In­di­ans pup­pets!

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