KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has decided to stage protests in all 165 electoral constituencies across the country on Monday (December 28) against the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR).
A Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the NC held at the party’s headquarters in Sanepa on Thursday made a decision to this effect, according to NC General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka.
General Secretary Khadka said the decision to stage a nationwide protest was made after concluding that the move of Prime Minister Oli to recommend the dissolution of parliament was unconstitutional and undemocratic. President Bhandari had dissolved the lower house of the federal parliament and announced dates for midterm elections after six months at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli on Wednesday.
There are differences within the NC whether to intensify protests against the government’s move to dissolve parliament or wait until the Election Commission and the Supreme Court pass their verdicts on NCP’s split. While the Ram Chandra Paudel-led faction of the NC wants to intensify protests, Deuba has been maintaining that it is good to wait until the EC and the SC give their verdict.
Many within the party see that the decision to stage nationwide protests against the dissolution of parliament was made amid mounting pressure from the Paudel-led faction on NC President Deuba to announce a fresh protest program. The Paudel-led faction even organized a separate gathering in the capital on Thursday to forge strategies to put pressure on President Deuba to make staging a series of protests against the government’s controversial move an official decision of the party.