Nepal continues to reel under political turmoil as both the ruling and opposition parties lock horns repeatedly, with no respite in sight.
Today, opposition party leaders have filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court (SC) after President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives (HoR) on Saturday.
The Office of the President on the wee hours of Saturday issued a notice announcing the dissolution of the Parliament for the second time in five months, on the recommendation of PM Oli’s Cabinet.
The President also announced the first phase of mid-term elections on November 12 and the second phase on November 19, 2021.
The dissolution bored from the failure of PM Oli and opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba to demonstrate their majority to form a new government by Friday, the deadline set by President Bhandari.
In response, opposition party leaders pertaining to the Nepali Congress (NC), Maoist Center, UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal faction, and JSP Chairman Upendra Yadav faction gathered at Singha Durbar on Sunday to sign the petition against dissolution and submit it at the SC. The writ was filed on behalf of 149 lawmakers in favor of NC President Deuba, demanding his appointment to PM’s post.
The current situation sheds light on the lawmakers’ dereliction of duty, especially when the government’s priority is controlling the pandemic and reviving the already-broken economy.
It’s high time for the lawmakers to unite and rise to the occasion and defeat the common enemy, now, the pandemic. Political rivalry can wait. There will be many occasions to do that. The need of the hour is to combat this crisis as one, with a spirit of cooperation.