Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, blamed India for the spread of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, in his country and said the Indian virus appears to be “more lethal than the Chinese and Italian virus”.
In his first speech in the Nepalese parliament since the coronavirus outbreak, Oli, on Tuesday, said, “It has become very difficult to contain the coronavirus because of the inflow of the people in the country. Indian virus looks more lethal than Chinese and Italian now – more (people) are getting infected.”
He said, “Those who are coming from India through illegal channels are spreading the virus in the country and some local representatives and party leaders are responsible for bringing in people from India without proper testing.”
Oli’s remarks come at a time when the relationship between New Delhi and Kathmandu are at a low following Nepal’s protest against India inaugurated a road near Kalapani in Uttarakhand, which Nepal claims to be its. Within days, Nepal released a new map showing the Kalapani within.
A few days ago, the Indian Army chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, had said that Nepal was protesting at the behest of someone else. Gen Naravane’s remark pointed to China, which has a longstanding border dispute with India.