House dissolution is unconstitutional, but we shouldn’t influence court: Deuba

File: Sher Bahadur Deuba addresses a Parliament meeting.

Kathmandu, December 31

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba says Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives is unconstitutional and undemocratic.

He, however, maintains the party should not influence the judiciary by demanding its reinstatement as a case is currently sub-judice at the Supreme Court.

Speaking in an online meeting organised on the occasion of National Reconciliation Day that the party celebrates to commemorate its founder BP Koirala’s reconciliation proposal to King Mahendra, Deuba said, “Our party has been raising our voices against this move across the country. (But) it is not appropriate for us to threaten the court to do this or not to do that on a sub-judice case.”

“We have to save an independent judiciary and we have to abide by its decision,” he said.

His statement comes at a time when leaders of the party have been expressing contrasting views about the government’s decision to dissolve the House and conduct mid-term elections. A faction in the party wants to launch agitation demanding the reinstatement of the House whereas another wants to begin preparing for the polls instead.

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