KATHMANDU, May 22: Nepali Congress (NC) has decided to make political and legal moves against the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR).
Expressing serious concerns over the dissolution of the HoR, NC maintained that President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Oli had forgotten their morale and acted unconstitutionally.
After PM Oli’s announcement not to seek a vote of confidence from parliament after his re-appointment, President Bhandari invited leaders to stake claim to the position as per Article 76(5) giving less than 24 hours. Sher Bahadur Deuba, president of NC, staked his claim to the post of prime minister with the signatures of 149 lawmakers on his support. However, President Bhandari refused Deuba’s claim and helped Oli remain the Prime Minister. This move is not only just unconstitutional but also immoral, reads a press statement issued by NC.
NC has also accused President Bhandari and PM Oli of misusing the constitution for their own benefit as their personal property.
PM Oli recommending forming a new government, President Bhandari announcing to stake a claim to form new government giving less than 24 hours, not appointing PM as per the provision of the constitution and dissolving HoR and holding a cabinet meeting in the middle of the night are unconstitutional and anti-democratic, further reads the statement. “NC strongly objects to these kinds of activities.”
Deuba, urging all the democratic forces to unite and act together for the protection of the constitution and democracy, vowed to take political and legal action against the HoR dissolution.