House Dissolution Obligatory, Says Oli

Kathmandu, Dec. 22: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday clarified that the decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and announce fresh elections was an obligation invited by the hurdles created in its way of operation.
Addressing a meeting of the members of the dissolved HoR at the Prime Minister’s Official residence, Baluwatar on Monday, PM Oli said there is a need to go to the people to help them understand that the dissolution of the parliament was a compulsive decision, taken with a heavy heart.

PM Oli said the decision to go for a fresh mandate was not his wish but an obligation after he was left with no other alternative to save the country’s future, PM Oli’s Secretariat informed.He urged the lawmakers to ask for forgiveness from the people and go for fresh election as the party failed to deliver what it had promised during the election campaign.

Stating that those wanting instability placed obstacles in the way to prosperity despite people’s mandate for a stable government and development, PM Oli said disputes were created within the party instead of deciding on new leadership through party general convention.

Referring to the NCP Standing Committee rival faction’s decision to take disciplinary action against him, PM Oli said some party members were planning to stage a drama of expelling him from the party.Surya Thapa, press advisor to PM Oli, said that protests and gatherings held against the party’s statute and rules could not remove the Prime Minister.

“In the meeting, PM Oli said that these gatherings are just an ugly joke to make the world laugh,” said Thapa.
Recalling an incident of 2028 BS when some people had expelled him from their group during the Jhapa movement, PM Oli said, “Again, coincidently, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’s group has been proposing to remove me from NCP. This is nothing but a mere political drama before the world.”

“At the meeting, PM Oli also clarified that he always stood for party’s unity while his co-chair Prachanda always rooted for division of the party,” said Thapa.Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies and member of the Standing Committee of the Party, Lekhraj Bhatta said that despite the party members being in favour of party’s unity, Chairman Prachanda had chosen the way of division.The meeting was attended by 115 parliamentarians, nine from the National Assembly and 93 from the House of Representatives, said Mahesh Basnet, member of the dissolved House of Representatives.

“Since the country has already headed toward the electoral process, he asked parliamentarians and party leaders to get prepared for the upcoming polls,” said Basnet.He further said that the election is certain and said nothing can stop the polls, Basnet added.

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