KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has announced that a new power-sharing mechanism has begun under Article 76 (5), despite no signs of regaining the confidence vote.
The Prime Minister explained at a press conference in Baluwatar that the government used Article 76 (5) to form a new government so that the upcoming budget could be introduced without delay.
“The government is under a provisional obligation to present the budget for fiscal year 2021/22 by May 29. Before that, the government must present its policies and programs. It will take a week or more if we seek a vote of confidence (May 26-28). As a result, we’ve put the budget on a fast track,” Prime Minister Oli said.
He hinted that the 5 p.m. deadline was set because the government was running out of time, but he insisted that he had no plans to dissolve parliament.
“How will the parliament be dissolved when an alternative government is being formed?” Prime Minister Oli was questioned.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Oli has challenged the opposition parties to replace him by forming a new coalition.
PM Oli told reporters in Baluwatar on Friday, “I happily welcome the establishment of an alternative government.”
PM Oli also said that he spoke with Sher Bahadur Deuba, the president of the Nepali Congress (NC), and urged him to establish a national government.
“I called Deuba this morning and asked him to form the government. If not, I invited him to join my government so that it could take on a more national shape.”
Prime Minister Oli also said that if the opposition parties backed him, the parliament would not be dissolved.
“Support me if you can’t form a new government,” he urged the opposition parties, adding, “Did I ever say I’m going to dissolve parliament?”
He urged opposition parties to join him in forming a national government and fighting the CONVID-19 pandemic together.