In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Nepal re-established the House of Representatives of the Nepalese Parliament and ordered the chamber to be convened within 13 days. On December 20, 2020, the 275-member Chamber was dissolved. The court also ordered the government to convene the House session within the next 13 days.
The Supreme Court of Nepal also overturned ruling government decisions taken after December 20. A five-member constitutional bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR overturned the government’s decision to dissolve the lower house of parliament.
The Nepalese Communist Party dissident faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal “ Prachanda ”, the main opposition Nepalese Congress and several other political parties on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to return to the House of Representatives dissolved by the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli two months ago.
Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after President Bidya Dev Bhandari dissolved the chamber and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amid a power struggle within the ruling Nepalese Communist Party (NCP).
The presidential duo of the dissident NCP 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 rally organized by their faction on Wednesday.
Prachanda’s daughter, Ganga Dahal, shared photos of her father and Madhav Nepal feeding on the candy to celebrate the victory.
Madhav Nepal said the historic verdict marked the victory of the people. “I would like to express my gratitude to the Supreme Court for delivering the historic verdict in favor of the constitutional spirit and the aspirations of the people,” he said.
Nepalese Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomed the verdict, saying the Supreme Court had fulfilled its responsibility by overturning the unconstitutional decision taken by Prime Minister Oli.
“I had said that we should help the Supreme Court to make independent decisions on matters involving the dissolution of parliament. The Supreme Court has made a historic decision to re-enter parliament as a result. The Nepalese Congress welcomes the decision taken by the Supreme Court “. he said.
Deuba reiterated that the Supreme Court is the ultimate authority to resolve disputes found during the implementation of the constitution.
“The Supreme Court fulfilled its constitutional duty by overturning the decision to dissolve parliament,” he said. “I would like to thank the judges of the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court for this.”
Several senior leaders from other political parties, including the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP), the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and the Viveksheel Party, also welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to re-establish parliament.
While calling the verdict historic, JSP Federal Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai and RPP Chairman Kamal Thapa said it helps put the constitution back on track and marks the victory of democracy in Nepal.
“The Supreme Court protected democracy by killing Nepalese Bhashmashur in the same way Lord Vishnu killed demon Bhasmasur in Hindu mythology,” tweeted Baburam Bhattarai, who is currently undergoing treatment in New Delhi.
The verdict won the honor of the Nepalese people by protecting the country, democracy and the system, tweeted Yogesh Bhattarai, a top leader of the ruling party.
With PTI inputs
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