Kathmandu, December 25
Nepal’s Supreme Court on Friday issued a show-cause notice to the KP Sharma Oli-led government, asking it to submit a written clarification over its decision to abruptly dissolve parliament.
The notice was issued after a preliminary hearing at the five-member Constitutional Bench, headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana, on the writ petitions filed against the government’s decision to dissolve the 275-member House of Representatives, according to court officials.The Bench sought the written clarification from the office of the Prime Minister, Council of Ministers and the President as they are made defendants in all writ petitions, they said.
The court has also asked the government to submit an original copy of the recommendations made by the government to dissolve the House and the decision made by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to authenticate the government’s recommendations within 10 days.
Earlier, the apex court demanded an amicus curiae from the Nepal Bar Association and the Supreme Court Bar Association in connection with the hearing. Meanwhile, the Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’-led faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) held a protest rally in Kathmandu against the decision.
‘Prachanda’ and Madhav Kumar Nepal, senior leaders Jhala Nath Khanal, spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha along with the party’s Central Committee members and members of the dissolved House gathered near the PM’s Office for the protest.
“We are here”, “Reinstate the House of Representatives”, and “dissolution of the House is unconstitutional”, were the slogans raised by the protesters. Around 300 Central Committee members of the NCP and nearly 100 members of the House were present in the rally. Later, they marched towards the Election Commission (EC) office. The EC will decide which faction of the NCP is legitimate to carry the party name and election symbol. “We have the support of the majority of the Central committee members,” protesting leader Sunil Manahdhar said. — PTI
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- Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli faced a fresh political challenge on Friday as hundreds of opponents protested against his sudden move to dissolve parliament and announce elections more than a year ahead of the schedule.
- Three former prime ministers joined hundreds of activists who sat on a road near Oli’s office demanding he reverse the decisions announced on Sunday, which have triggered deep political unrest in the Himalayan nation just as it grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic. Reuters