Nepal recently banned all Indian media channels except Doordarshan over what experts called ‘fictitious claims and concerted stories’ aimed to derail Nepal-China ties and see the ouster of PM KP Sharma Oli.
The Indian media is taking a keen interest in the ongoing uprising within Nepal Communist Party against PM KP Sharma Oli. The way in which the entire matter has been covered in the Indian media, there is a massive outrage within the ruling communist party of Nepal.
A story was run on a Hindi news channel in India about China’s Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi and PM KP Sharma Oli, hinting at ‘honey-trapping’ attempts by Beijing. Nepal’s government says that sensational claims that were made about a foreign diplomat and PM Oli has no connection with reality.
Word on the streets of Kathmandu is that Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli has a glad eye & has been honey trapped by Chinese embassy in Kathmandu.
That’s why when China gobbles up Nepali villages, Oli says nothing. Sources say that the Chinese embassy has videos. Oli is controlled by ? pic.twitter.com/5n0iNYbC7W
— Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) (@majorgauravarya) June 30, 2020
On Thursday, displeased with Indian reports, Nepal government spokesman Yubaraj Khatiwada announced that some Indian media outlets made baseless and shameful allegations against PM Oli and Kathmandu will take legal and political action against the Indian media.
He said, “The government has every right to take action against the Indian media who are trying to hurt Nepal’s image, national sovereignty and the dignity of Nepalis.” We have asked to stop such broadcasting. ”
Meet the new Viceroy of Nepal -Her highness- the Chinese ambassador Yanqi. She has just decreed that all Indian News channels will be banned in Nepal . Nepal is Fast going the way of Tibet. Time for the people of Nepal to wake up and get rid of this Chausescu of Nepal- shiri Oli. pic.twitter.com/uMySYEhpXw
— Maj Gen (Dr)GD Bakshi SM,VSM(retd) (@GeneralBakshi) July 9, 2020
The ruling party, PM Oli’s advisor and the Federation of Nepalese Journalists have also expressed concern about this. The Nepalese government said that its embassy in New Delhi has raised strong objections to unruly coverage in India’s print and electronic media.
Nepal’s Ambassador to New Delhi Nilambar Acharya told the Kathmandu Post that some media houses of India are determined to derail the Nepal-India ties. Acharya said that such reports are sad and objectionable.
Surya Thapa, the press advisor to Prime Minister Oli, said that the PM himself has taken notice of this matter. Thapa also said that the cable operators will stop broadcasting the Indian news channel as their responsibility towards the country. Nepal TV Association has confirmed that some Indian news channels have been banned.
#China meddling in #Nepal politics.@PRCAmbNepal meets #PushpaKumarDahal @ Prachanda despite criticism "interfering in internal affairs".
Ambo #HouYanqi throws around lady's charms to make her way through #Kathmandu.
Considering pics,should achieve successhttps://t.co/VYCqz0Evbr pic.twitter.com/4sZzs94JZ5
— 卫纳夜格.巴特 Col Vinayak Bhat (Retd) @Raj47 (@rajfortyseven) July 11, 2020
According to Article 9 of Nepal’s National Broadcasting Rules 1995, the government can ban such broadcasts which hurt the security, peace, dignity and morality of Nepal.
In the interview, the anchor asked Upendra Yadav – the former deputy prime minister of Nepal that PM Oli is being accused of being ‘Honey Trapped’. Do you agree with this? On this, Yadav said that this cannot be denied and it needs to be analyzed. However, later Upendra Yadav told Nepali media that his interview could have been tampered.
upendra yadav ko interview pani herau na. yenlai kasle karbahi garni ? pic.twitter.com/jnPsNO3Qm4
— Rakesh (@Jhalakmaan) July 8, 2020
However, questions were also raised in Nepal about why the Chinese ambassador is taking so much interest in Nepal’s domestic politics? According to Nepali media, this interview of Upendra Yadav was aired when the Chinese Ambassador was meeting several leaders of the ruling party and PM Oli.
The Kathmandu Post commented on this matter and wrote – Ever since Nepal updated its political map, new stories are being created in the Indian media about ties between PM Oli and China. Every day new propaganda appears in the Indian media.
Journalists sitting in Delhi and Mumbai tell the date and time of Oli’s resignation. Some people have even started demanding his resignation. Oli has become a means of collecting TRPs for the Indian media. ”
We have serious differences with PM @kpsharmaoli on many issues, including his conduct of international relations.
But deliberate/sustained campaign of mudslinging against PM Oli by some Indian media cannot be acceptable.That doesn't do Nepal-India relations any good. pic.twitter.com/bdJMN80y5Y
— Kamal Thapa (@KTnepal) July 9, 2020
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal – Kamal Thapa tweeted a cartoon from the Times of India and wrote – We have serious differences with PM Oil on many issues, including his conduct of international relations.
But deliberate/sustained campaign of mudslinging against PM Oli by some Indian media cannot be acceptable. That doesn’t do Nepal-India relations any good.