Nepal’s politics has taken a turn again. President Vidyadevi Bhandari has issued a statement saying that the parliament was dissolved at midnight. The president dissolved the parliament on the recommendation of the cabinet. Along with the decision to dissolve the parliament, the president has also fixed the date of the election. According to a statement issued by the President’s Office at midnight, the date of the election has been fixed for November 12 and November 15.
The President’s Office issued a statement dissolving the parliament at 1:50 pm within an hour of the cabinet meeting held at midnight on Friday. The cabinet meeting had recommended to the President to decide on the election as per Article 76, Clause 7 of the Constitution as the government could not be formed as per Article 76, Clause 5 of the Constitution. Within an hour of the cabinet’s recommendation, the president’s office issued a statement with the date of the election. A statement from the president’s office said:
Hon’ble President Mrs. Bidyadevi Bhandariju has decided to dissolve the current House of Representatives in accordance with Article 76 (7) of the Constitution of Nepal and to hold the first round of elections to the House of Representatives on Friday, November 10, 2078 and the second round on November 20, 2078. As per the recommendation of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the current House of Representatives will be dissolved and the first round of elections to the next House of Representatives will be held on Friday, November 10, 2078 BS and the second round will be held on November 19, 2078 BS. The date of the election has been fixed.
Keshab Bahadur Ghimire Assistant Spokesperson
President Bhandari on Thursday called for the formation of an alternative government within 21 hours. During that time, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba submitted a letter to the President claiming the post of Prime Minister. Despite the claim, the President’s Office has announced the dissolution of the parliament saying that there is not enough basis.
While the President is announcing the dissolution of the Parliament, the opposition Nepali Congress has opposed it. Nepali Congress Spokesperson Bishwaprakash Sharma has alleged that the constitution was gang-raped. He tweeted in the middle of the night, ‘The tree of ego bears the fruit of destruction, this is the essence of the whole Mahabharata. Understand, Mr. President and Comrade Prime Minister. The colorful dream of the medium term will be expensive during the Great Depression. The consequences of gang rape will be costly in the constitution. ‘
On Friday, President Bhandari had decided not to appoint Bhandra as the prime minister if the claims made by Nepali Congress president Deuba and UML president Oli were not met.
CPN-Maoist Central Standing Committee member Barshaman Pun has termed the decision taken by the President at midnight as a robbery.