New Delhi: In a surprise move, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday recommended dissolution of the House of Representatives of the Federal Parliament at an emergency Cabinet meeting. Oli had been under pressure from his rivals in the Nepal Communist Party. The recommendation to dissolve the House came two years prior to its term. Seven ministers of KP Sharma Oli led-Cabinet also resigned following Oli’s recommendation to dissolve the Parliament. Also Read - Properly Handle Differences, China Tells K P Sharma Oli And Prachanda
“The decision has been made in haste as all the ministers weren’t present in the cabinet meeting this morning. This is against the democratic norms & would take the nation backwards. It can’t be implemented,” Narayankaji Shrestha, Spokesperson of the ruling NCP said. Also Read - PUBG Mobile: These Countries Lift Restriction on Royale Game | Will India Withdraw Ban Too?
The recommendation was forwarded to President Bidya Devi Bhandari for approval and effect, who ratified it and dissolved the Parliament. Also Read - Whoops-a -Daisy! A Nepalese Private Airline Mistakenly Flew 69 Passengers To Wrong Destination
“Upon the recommendation of the council of ministers, Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari announces that national polls will be held between April 30 and May 10 next year,” the President’s office announced.
The House of Representatives, elected in 2017, has 275 members. In June, Oli, 68, claimed that efforts were being made to oust him after his government redrew the country’s political map by incorporating three strategically key Indian territories.
However, Constitutional experts termed the move to dissolve Parliament as unconstitutional. As per the provision of Nepal’s Constitution, there is no provision of dissolving Parliament by the Prime Minister of a majority government.
Meanwhile, the main Opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has called an emergency meeting of the party on Sunday.
The move comes a day after the NC and the Rastriya Janata Party decided to ask the President for summoning a Special Session of Parliament.
(With Agency inputs)