Nepal’s top political leaders hail apex court verdict to reinstate dissolved parliament

Kathmandu, Feb 23 (PTI) Nepal Communist Party’s splinter faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, main opposition Nepali Congress and several other political parties on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling to reinstate the House of Representatives that was dissolved by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli two months ago.

In a landmark ruling, a five-member Constitutional bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher on Tuesday annulled the Oli government’s “unconstitutional” decision to dissolve the 275-member lower house of Parliament. The court also ordered the government to summon the House session within the next 13 days.

Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after President Bidya Dev Bhandari dissolved the House and announced fresh elections on April 30 and May 10 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amidst a tussle for power within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).

The chairmen duo of the NCP’s splinter faction, Prachanda and Madhav Kumar Nepal, celebrated their legal victory over Oli in Chitwan – the hometown of the former – where they arrived this evening to address a mass gathering organised by their faction on Wednesday.

Prachanda’s daughter Ganga Dahal shared photos of her father and Madhav Nepal feeding each other the sweets to celebrate the victory.

Madhav Nepal said that the historic verdict has marked the victory of people. “I’d like to express my gratitude to the Supreme Court for issuing the historic verdict in favour of constitutional spirit and people’s aspirations,” he said.

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomed the verdict, saying the apex court has fulfilled its responsibility by revoking the unconstitutional decision taken by Prime Minister Oli.

“I had been telling that we should facilitate the Supreme Court to independently take decisions on the cases involving the dissolution of parliament. The apex court has taken a historic decision to reinstate parliament accordingly. Nepali Congress welcomes the decision taken by the apex court,” he said.

Deuba reiterated that the apex court is the ultimate authority to resolve the differences seen in the course of implementing the constitution.

“The Supreme Court has fulfilled its constitutional duty by revoking the decision to dissolve parliament,” he said. “I want to thank the justices of the constitutional bench at the Supreme Court for this.”

Several top leaders of other political parties including Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP), Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and Viveksheel Party also welcomed the apex court’s decision to reinstate parliament.

While terming the verdict as historic one, federal chairman of JSP Dr Baburam Bhattarai and RPP Chairman Kamal Thapa said that it helps to bring the constitution on track and marks the victory of democracy in Nepal.

“The supreme court has protected democracy by killing Nepali Bhashmashur in the same manner Lord Vishnu killed Bhasmasur demon in the Hindu mythology,” tweeted Baburam Bhattarai, who is currently undergoing treatment in New Delhi.

The verdict has earned honour of Nepalese people by protecting country, democracy and the system, tweeted Yogesh Bhattarai, senior leader of the ruling party.