15 February 2021, Kathmandu
Nepali Congress (NC) held a nationwide demonstration on Monday against the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR).
The NC has labeled the Prime Minister’s move to dissolve Parliament as unconstitutional and undemocratic.
The main opposition party has accused the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) of heading towards the path of authoritarianism through the dissolution of the HoR.
It has also alleged the KP Oli-led government of being indifferent to the existing corruption, failing to maintain good governance and control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier on Sunday, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba instructed all party leaders and cadres to participate in the protest rallies to be held in all 77 districts, including in Kathmandu.
Speaking at a protest rally in Bhairahawa against the dissolution of the HoR, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba said, “I don’t understand why the Election Commission is yet to bring the election program when the government has already announced the dates for the same?”
Deuba said that EC should categorically say that it would not hold the election if it doesn’t want to.
“In fact, the election should be held within six months of dissolving a Parliament,” he said adding, “And if PM Oli is really serious about holding the polls, the government must expedite the process.”
Stating that the EC has yet to publish the election schedule, Deuba asked, “What is barring the EC from calling the political parties and give the election program?”
Deuba also said that EC should not wait for the Supreme Court’s decision.
He also criticized the EC for failing to decide on the dispute of the Nepal Communist Party.
“There has been a dispute over the election symbol. Why is EC dillydallying in providing the election symbol to a party?” he asked.