“Parliament was dissolved to avoid parallel govt attempted by party leaders”

Published On: February 15, 2021 12:39 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Prime Minister KP Shama Oli said that the House of Representatives (HoR) was dissolved as some leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) attempted to form a ‘parallel government’.

PM Oli, during his address from the Prime Minister’s Office in Singha Durbar on the occasion of the third anniversary of the government on Monday, said that he made several efforts to protect parliament from the vested interests of his party leaders. “But I could not do so,” he said.

According to Oli, his government had been facing obstacles similar to that of a coalition government for the past one year.

On the occasion, Oli blamed the rival faction of the party led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal for obstruction in the endorsement of bills, recommendations for the vacant position in various constitutional bodies and hearing in parliament. “Such an inappropriate act was purely an exercise of a parallel government.”

He also argued that the House dissolution is aimed at ensuring stability through elections.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the 275-member HoR on December 20 at the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

The government also announced the mid-term polls for May 30 and April 10.

The House dissolution move, however, was challenged by 13 writ petitions registered at the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice-led five-member Constitutional Bench has been conducting hearings on those writ petitions for the past one month.

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