KATHMANDU, May 28: Prime Minister KP Shamra Oli has attempted to justify the recent dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR) through his Friday’s address to the nation.
Addressing the nation a week after the second episode of House dissolution, he said that the House couldn’t ensure stability in the country even after it was restored on February 23.
“Though it was reinstated through the Supreme Court’s verdict, it turned out to be functionless and the main source of instability in the country,” said Oli, claiming that he tried to prevent the lower house of parliament from being dissolved.
He blamed the opposition parties and dissident faction of the ruling CPN-UML for the dissolution of parliament. “I made my last ditch effort to form an alternative government as per Article 76 (5) after being assured of support from the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP). However, opposition parties, who played a dirty game of politics, forced the president to dismiss their claim for a new government,” he said, adding, “Due to their erroneous claim, I was the victim and parliament was dissolved as per the constitutional provisions.” Hinting at the support extended to Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba by more than two dozen lawmakers of UML and a dozen others belonging to the JSP, he warned of not accepting partyless character in the multiparty system adopted by Nepal.
Addressing the nation as the chief executive of the country, PM Oli took most of his time to criticise the moves taken by the opposition parties and his fellow party leaders.
On the occasion, the prime minister called upon the political parties to form an all-party government and hold elections. “Going for an election can never be a regressive act,” he insisted.
He also discussed the government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus disease and also claimed that the positivity rate and death rate have fallen as a result of ‘systematic government efforts’. He presented the government’s plan to add HDUs, ICUs, ventilators and emergency beds.
Prime Minister Oli also assured the people of vaccines against the coronavirus disease at the earliest. “Those who have received the first shot of Covishield vaccines will be administered the second jab at any cost,” he stated.