In the all-party meeting convened by Speaker Prasad Agni Sapkota, the leaders of the opposition alliance have expressed confidence that the constitution will be protected by the court.
Speaker Sapkota, who is active in forming a referendum against the dissolution of the House of Representatives, had also called on the Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli. But he was absent. Earlier, Subash Chandra Nemwang, a member of the Oli faction, was also absent from the consultation meeting of former speakers convened by him.
During the discussion held at the Lhotse Hall of the Parliament House, New Baneshwor, most of them opposed the dissolution of the Parliament. Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba said that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had repeatedly raised the issue of constitution. Opposing the dissolution of the parliament, he said that there was no situation on the streets now and took the writ in the hope of getting justice from the court.
Chairman of the CPN-Maoist Center Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda said that democracy was taken away by covering up the opportunity of the epidemic. Prime Minister Oli said that the parliament was dissolved in a mysterious manner and that all should protest together.
Former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said that the people should raise their voice for the restoration of the parliament. Another former prime minister, Jhala Nath Khanal, who participated virtually, emphasized on co-operation between the parties.
Chairman of the Federal Council of the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) and former Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai also said that the cooperation of the five parties should be strengthened for the defense of the constitution.
Deepak Bohara of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) did not want to speak on the issue as the issue of dissolution of the parliament was under consideration in the court.
In the all-party meeting, everyone has criticized the announcement of the budget for the extraction of ballast sand and stone and the expansion of the Council of Ministers by the caretaker government.
Squeeze – to save democracy!
Leaders have said that the all-party meeting convened by the speaker concluded that democracy should be saved. The leaders expressed concern that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had tried to overthrow the federal democratic republican constitution and that the constitution had failed.
What is the conclusion of the all-party discussion? To the question, JSP president Upendra Yadav said, “To save democracy.”
Jaspakai Federal Council President and former Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai said that it was up to the internal and external forces to overthrow the federal democratic republican system of governance in Nepal.
Stating that the government has announced elections but has not shown any signs of holding elections, he said, “Elections should be held within six months. There are no signs of elections. The electoral government does not distribute the cabinet and issue ordinances. When there is no election, the constitution fails. When the constitution fails, a vacuum is created. There is a grand design that will lead to the failure of the system by playing on it and it should be stopped. ‘
He said that they have to overthrow the external power system by disliking the federal democratic system within Nepal. “Creating such a situation that the crisis will not be resolved, one crisis after another will be added,” Bhattarai added. There are signs that we need to be vigilant. ‘
Stating that the country is in a serious crisis and democracy is trapped politically, he said that the parliament should be reconstituted by the Supreme Court to save democracy.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had restored the parliament, he said, adding that it was still an easy solution. “The story may not be like that. If the reactionary forces have conspired, the people should be vigilant,” said Bhattarai.
Cabinet expansion wrong
In an all-party meeting, the leaders concluded that it was wrong for caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to expand the cabinet.
RPP’s Deepak leader Bohora informed that the all-party meeting had reached the conclusion that the expansion of the Council of Ministers was wrong as the caretaker government should work as a caretaker government.
Jaspaka Federal Council Chairman Dr. Baburam Bhattarai recalled that he had been in office for nine months when he was the Prime Minister and had kept nine ministries with him for nine months.
The Constituent Assembly came to an end in 2069 BS as per the decision of the Supreme Court. For the next nine months, nine ministries were vacant. For the next nine months, I kept it to myself, ‘he says,’ but he (KP Oli) expanded the cabinet. You did the wrong thing. This is wrong. ‘
The Speaker will continue the discussion
While some are questioning the speaker’s initiative to form a referendum against the dissolution of parliament, top leaders have praised the speaker’s initiative.
How does an all-party meeting convened by the Speaker get legitimacy? Former Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai said, “The legislature is at the top of the legislature, executive and judiciary. He is the one who makes the rules and regulations of the constitution. The executive will implement it and the judiciary will test whether it has complied with it. Therefore, the initiative taken by the Speaker is right.
According to RPP leader Deepak Bohora, the speaker himself has said that he will discuss the issue again. ‘Speaker, the current politics, the dissolution of Parliament and what do I do in this situation? He demanded an opinion. And he said, “I want to get everyone together and live again,” said RPP Bohara after the discussion.
According to the Speaker’s Secretariat, he is dissatisfied with the repeated dissolution of Parliament and is in favor of continuing the initiative of forming a referendum against the dissolution.