After President dissolved the House of Representatives (HoR) and announced the mid-term elections on Friday night, Nepali Congress (NC) called an emergency meeting of office-bearers.
At the meeting, which will be held at NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba’s residence in Budhanilkantha at 9 a.m., incumbent and former party office-bearers will be present, according to Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat.
According to Mahat, the meeting will discuss the latest political developments and come up with a common view of the party as well as a strategy for moving forward in the current political environment.
President Bhandari has rejected both Prime Minister Oli and Deuba’s claims for the position of Prime Minister, citing a failure to meet Article 76’s criteria for forming a new government (5).
The President’s Office said in a statement that on the recommendation of the cabinet, the President dissolved the House under Article 76(7) of the Constitution.
Some opposition party leaders have objected to the President’s announcement of the mid-term elections, claiming it is unconstitutional.
Bishwa Prakash Sharma, a spokesperson for the Nepali Congress (NC), has stated that the mid-term elections called amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be costly for Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and President Bidya Bahadur Deuba.
Following the dissolution of parliament and announcement of mid-term elections by President Bhandari on the recommendation of the Prime Minister on Friday midnight, Spokesperson Sharma took to Twitter to say as much.
“Announcing mid-term elections at a time when the country is reeling from COVID-19 will be costly for Prime Minister Oli and President Bhandari,” tweeted Sharma.
The President and Prime Minister have offered mid-term elections to the Nepali people as a gift at a time when the country is reeling from the COVID-19, according to Sharma, who described the move as a new “Kotparwa.”
In response to President Bhandari’s announcement of the mid-term elections, NC central member Dr Shekhar Koirala said that rather than becoming the custodian of the Constitution, President Bhandari blatantly breached it.
“The President’s move is unconstitutional and it has pushed the country into a perpetual abyss,” Koirala said on Twitter.
Similarly, CPN (Maoist Center) leader Barsha Man Pun has claimed that the President and Prime Minister violated the Constitution by announcing the mid-term elections in a Gyanendra-style on Friday night. According to Pun, former King Gyanendra Shah chose Friday as well when staging a coup.
Pun took to social media to claim that the mid-term elections were announced at midnight by staging a constitutional coup.
On Friday midnight, President Bhandari announced the mid-term elections by rejecting Deuba and Oli’s claims for the position of Prime Minister.
On Prime Minister Oli’s recommendation, Nepal’s President Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives and announced that mid-term elections would be held on November 12 and 19, a year ahead of schedule.
Dr Baburam Bhattarai, the Federal Council Chairman of the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP), has described the President’s move as a plot to end the federal democratic republic by scrapping the Constitution rather than announcing the mid-term elections.