Kathmandu, December 21
Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday defended his move to abruptly dissolve Parliament, saying he was forced to seek a fresh mandate through elections as the rift within the ruling Nepal Communist Party severely affected his government’s functioning.
Oli on Sunday sprang a surprise on his rivals and got the President to dissolve Parliament, a controversial move amidst a prolonged tussle for power between him and former premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ within the ruling dispensation.
In a special address to the nation, Oli said that he was forced to dissolve Parliament and announce mid-term elections after he learnt about a plan to move a vote of no-confidence against him. Oli, who is also one of the two chairmen of the ruling party, said that the intra-party rift in the ruling Nepal Communist Party severely affected the government’s functioning.
Oli has rejected the ruling party’s decision to take disciplinary action against him, saying he was forced to dissolve Parliament after “conspiracies” were hatched against him. Oli said the decision taken of the second chair of the party was against the party statute. “Since I am the first chair, any meeting called by the other chair will not be legitimate,” lawmaker of the dissolved House Krishna Rai quoted Oli as saying. — PTI