Prime Minister Submits Written Response To SC On HoR Dissolution

Kathmandu, June 17: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has submitted a written response to the Supreme Court (SC) stating out the reasons for dissolving the House of Representatives.

In his response, Prime Minister Oli has mentioned that the documents submitted by the President of the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba were unconstitutional.

“It is clear that the signatures in the papers submitted by Deuba before President Bidya Devi Bhandari, which was also published on various media platforms, and before the SC were not done to make Deuba the President,” said Prime Minister Oli in his written response.

He also said that the documents, in which the signatures of former HoR members from CPN-UML and Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal (JSP-N) were also used, did not reveal the name of the political parties the signatories belonged to. “The names were mentioned serially along with the NC signatories’ names. Thus, the documents submitted by the opposition alliance are erroneous,” read the Prime Minister’s written response.

“The number of signatures used by the writ petitioners while submitting the claim of attaining a majority in HoR to President Bhandari serially declined and only five signatures was done in the writ petition filed in the Court,” he said.

He also clarified that the Constitution had not conceptualised a party-less state system. “Forming the government on the basis of political parties is the fundamental specialty of the parliamentary governance system. The Constitution does not envision partyless governance system,” said the Prime Minister, adding that the claims of the writ petitioners were against the basic principles and values of Constitution and democracy.

Stating that issuing a whip was a regular phenomenon in the political party system, Prime Minister Oli said that defying the whip was also against the parliamentary governance system. “The Act relating to Political Parties, in section 28, has clearly mentioned that whip can be implemented while voting for or against the government’s confidence motion,” said Prime Minister Oli.

He also stated that the Prime Minister can be appointed as per Article 76 (5) of the Constitution only with the support of political party.

– TRN Online

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