KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress (NC) has agreed to file a legal challenge to President Bidya Bhandari’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives (HoR).
This was decided at an office-bearers meeting held in Budhanilkantha this morning.
“The NC has agreed to pursue a legal solution to President Bidya Bhandari’s decision to dissolve the HoR and declare the mid-term polls, concluding that it is unconstitutional,” NC senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel told Khabarhub after the meeting.
The NC has determined that Bhandari’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives when the parties were vying for the position of Prime Minister was unconstitutional.
President Bhandari has rejected both Prime Minister Oli and Deuba’s claims for the role of Prime Minister, citing a failure to fulfill Article 76’s requirements for forming a new government (5).
The President’s Office said in a statement that on the advice of the cabinet, the President dissolved the House under Article 76(7) of the Constitution.
Some opposition party leaders have called the President’s announcement of the mid-term elections unconstitutional.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli President Bidya Bandari will pay a high price for the mid-term elections called amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Nepali Congress (NC) Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma.
Following the dissolution of parliament and declaration of mid-term elections by President Bhandari on the advice of the Prime Minister on Friday midnight, Spokesperson Sharma took to Twitter to say as much.
“Announcing mid-term elections at a time when the country is reeling from COVID-19 would be costly for Prime Minister Oli and President Bhandari,” tweeted Sharma.
The President and Prime Minister have offered mid-term elections to the Nepali people as a gift at a time when the country is reeling from the COVID-19, according to Sharma, who described the move as a new “Kotparwa.”
In response to President Bhandari’s announcement of the mid-term elections, NC central member Dr Shekhar Koirala said that rather than being the custodian of the Constitution, President Bhandari openly violated it.
“The President’s decision is illegal and it has plunged the nation into a perpetual abyss,” Koirala said on Twitter.
Similarly, CPN (Maoist Center) leader Barsha Man Pun has said that the President and Prime Minister violated the Constitution by announcing the mid-term elections in a Gyanendra-style on Friday night. According to Pun, former King Gyanendra Shah preferred Friday as well when staging a coup.
Pun took to social media to say that the mid-term elections were declared at midnight by staging a constitutional coup.
On Friday midnight, President Bhandari declared the mid-term elections by rejecting Deuba and Oli’s claims for the role of Prime Minister.
On Prime Minister Oli’s advice, Nepal’s President Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives and declared that mid-term elections would be held on November 12 and 19, a year ahead of time.
Dr Baburam Bhattarai, the Federal Council Chairman of the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP), has characterized the President’s decision as a plot to end the federal democratic republic by scrapping the Constitution rather than announcing the mid-term elections.