President Bidya Devi Bhandari has convened the first session of the House of Representatives following the February 24th Supreme Court ruling that led to his reinstatement on March 7th.
The President requested the start of the HoR on the recommendation of the Nepalese government in accordance with Article 93 (1) of the Nepalese Constitution.
It is for this reason that the House will meet on the scheduled time at 4 p.m., according to the press release issued by the Office of the President on Monday.
On February 24, the Nepal Supreme Court paved the way for the defunct chamber to be reinstated in a landmark ruling lifting the unconstitutional measure taken by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The CS had ordered the government to call a house meeting within 13 days of the verdict.
Up to 13 written petitions have been filed in court alleging the government’s move is unconstitutional and should be overturned.
The Supreme Court formed a five-member constitutional chamber to hear the arguments for and against the petitions. About two months of law enforcement followed the cars, which ultimately ruled in favor of the prosecutors.
On December 20, the President quickly approved the government’s recommendation to dissolve the lower house of the Bundestag.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called the first session of the House of Representatives on March 7th, which was decided according to the directive of the Supreme Court of February 24th.
According to the press release issued today by the President’s Office, the HoR meeting will take place at 4:00 p.m. on the scheduled date. The statement added that the President had convened the HoR meeting on the recommendation of the government under Article 93 (1) of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court ordered the government on February 24th to call the HoR meeting within 13 days.
The five-member Constitutional Court of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana, had reinstated the HoR and declared Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s move to dissolve the Lower House of Parliament as unconstitutional.
However, the government has not convened a joint meeting of the HoR and the National Assembly.
By convening only, the HoR meeting, the government has been advising that it is only focusing on political issues and that passing important bills pending in the House is not its priority, NA legislator Radhe Shyam Adhikari said. Crucial laws that need to be passed urgently are the Citizenship Act, the Civil Aviation Adaptation Act, and acts related to the Commission of Inquiry into Government Abuse and Civil Aviation.
Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Lila Nath Shrestha told THT that the government would convene the NA meeting after the House of Commons began its work. He said the government had previously called the NA meeting in January, but the meeting ended in a few days as the House of Lords had no business.
The next HoR session could see the filing of a no-confidence motion against the prime minister by Pushpa Kamal Dahil and the Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) led by Madhav Kumar Nepal.
The Dahal-Nepal faction of the CPN convened its Standing Committee and Central Committee meetings on Wednesday to discuss the new political situation that emerged after the lower house reinstatement order.
NCP spokesman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the party would discuss the formation of the new government and other political issues. He said that if Oli did not resign before March 7, then the party would begin the process to remove him.
The Dahal-Nepal faction of the NCP had described the prime minister’s move to dissolve the HoR as unconstitutional, undemocratic and autocratic.
Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari convened a House of Representatives session on March 7, days after the Supreme Court reinstated the lower house in a landmark verdict that overturned Prime Minister KP’s “unconstitutional” decision. Sharma Oli to dissolve it.
President Bhandari called for the start of the House on the recommendation of the Government of Nepal, in accordance with article 93 (1) of the Constitution of Nepal, according to a notice issued by the Office of the President on Monday.
According to the notice, the 275-member lower house will begin at 4:00 pm on the scheduled date.
The presidential order to convene the House meeting follows the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Prime Minister Oli’s decision to dissolve the House on December 20.
A five-member constitutional bank headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher overturned the Oli government’s “unconstitutional” decision to dissolve the lower house of Parliament last week.
The court had ordered the government to convene the House session within the next 13 days.
Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after President Bhandari dissolved the House and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amid a power struggle within the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (PNC).
Oli’s decision to dissolve the House sparked protests from a large part of the CPN led by his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, also a co-chair of the ruling party.
Up to 13 court petitions, including that of the ruling party whip boss Dev Prasad Gurung, were filed in the supreme court seeking the restoration of the lower house parliament.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court called the dissolution of the Chamber “unconstitutional.”
The ruling party suffered a vertical split following Oli’s decision to dissolve the lower house.
Prime Minister Oli on Sunday challenged the dissident faction led by ‘Prachanda’ to remove him from the highest post if he can.
“Take me out if you can. If they topple me, I will be victorious with a two-thirds majority in the next election,” said Oli, 69.
Prachanda has been making efforts to gain the support of the opposition Nepali Congress and Janata Samajbadi parties in an apparent attempt to oust Oli from power.
Oli’s press adviser Surya Thapa said last week that the prime minister will not immediately resign and will not implement the Supreme Court’s verdict against him when facing Parliament.
Oli is under pressure to resign after the court verdict.