PM Oli is likely to face a no-confidence motion in the House session beginning today
KATHMANDU, March 7: The first meeting of the reinstated House of Representatives (HoR) is all set to begin on Sunday afternoon as per the Supreme Court’s February 23 verdict which overturned Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the lower house of parliament on December 20.
Other political parties and the general public are observing the session with great interest as the two factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) - one led by PM Oli and the other by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal - have announced the leaders and chiefs of their respective parliamentary parties amid disputes over the authenticity of the party. Both factions have staked their claims over the name and election symbol of the party, registering applications at the Election Commision.
PM Oli, on the other hand, is also preparing to face parliament in the changing context as the apex court overturned his decision to dissolve parliament. While many were expecting him to step down from his post following the court’s verdict, he said that he would not resign as the court did not ask him to do so. He has been time and again claiming that he still holds a majority in the parliamentary party and parliament.
The 275-member HoR comprises 173 members of the NCP including Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota, 61 MPs from the main opposition Nepali Congress and 32 MPs from the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP). One post of lawmaker is vacant following the demise of Sanu Shiva of NCP while two MPs each from the Nepali Congress and JSP have been suspended as per court orders.
As per the constitutional provision, Chhakka Bahadur Lama from Humla and one member each representing Rastriya Janamorcha, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Nepal Majdur Kisan Party are also in parliament with a status of independent parliamentarians.
With this, as many as 270 lawmakers including the speaker are likely to be present in the upcoming meeting of the HoR.
Similar to the previous sessions, the formality of reading out the letter from the Office of the President and address by the top leaders of the political parties represented in parliament will take place in the first meeting of this session.