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This is quite contradictory to what had happened in the 1980s when Sonia Gandhi, the current chief of the Congress party, was disallowed to enter the Pashupatinath Temple where only Hindus are allowed, during a trip to Nepal with her late husband and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi was not allowed to enter the Pashupatinath Temple when Rajiv was PM
It is said that a miffed Rajiv decided to impose a blockade on Nepal in 1989-90, crippling the landlocked country's economy. The real reason was, according to observers, Nepal's hard-line position on trade and transit and procuring weapons from China which had annoyed India.
The sorry consequences had a changing influence on Nepal's political system.