The Supreme Court in Nepal has accepted the petitions filed in the case of dissolution of Parliament. A bench of four judges, including the Chief Justice, will hear from Friday. The Supreme Court rejected the demand for an interim order on Oli’s decision. Nepal’s Supreme Court on Wednesday sent all petitions filed against the decision of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to dissolve Parliament.
At the same time, the struggle between the two factions of the Nepal Communist Party to control the ruling party has intensified. A single bench of Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana gave this order while conducting preliminary hearing on 12 separate petitions filed against dissolution of the House of Representatives. The constitution bench will start hearing on the petitions on Friday. The bench will be headed by Chief Justice Rana and he will elect four other judges.
During the preliminary hearing, senior lawyers on Wednesday argued the provisions of the constitution, stating that Prime Minister Oli does not have the authority to dissolve the Parliament as there is a possibility of formation of an alternative government.
A petitioner’s lawyer Dinesh Tripathi said that according to the constitution, the way for the formation of an alternative government by two or more political parties can be explored before a new mandate is dissolved. He said that Prime Minister Oli cannot disrupt the process of formation of an alternative government by abruptly dissolving the House of Representatives.
The petitioners also requested an interim order against the verdict but the apex court refused to issue any such order. However, Pushp Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, the working president of Nepal Communist Party (NCP), was elected the leader of the parliamentary party on Wednesday in place of Prime Minister Oli.
Senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal proposed Prachanda’s name during a meeting of the Prachanda (66) -led camp parliamentary party in Parliament House. Earlier, the Central Committee selected senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the second president of the party. Prachanda is the first president of the party.
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