Kathmandu, May 30
Nepal’s Opposition alliance on Sunday urged all state institutions not to support Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli government’s “unconstitutional” and “anti-democratic” activities and expressed hope that the Supreme Court’s verdict on the petitions against the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament would come in its favour, according to a media report.
A Constitutional Bench of the Nepal Supreme Court on Friday heard 30 petitions against the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament and fixed Sunday as the next date of hearing.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the 275-member House of Representatives on May 22 for the second time in five months and announced snap elections on November 12 and 19 on the advice of the Prime Minister.
She rejected the bids of both Prime Minister Oli and the Opposition alliance’s claims to form a government. Oli and Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba had staked separate claims to the premiership, saying the “claims were insufficient”. The alliance of the Nepali Congress (NC), CPN (Maoist Centre), the Madhav Kumar Nepal led-faction of the UML, the Upendra Yadav-led faction of Janata Samajbadi Party and the Rastriya Janamorcha Party held a joint meeting on Sunday, myrepulica.com reported. The meeting was held at Deuba’s residence at Budhanilkantha in Kathmandu. — PTI