Oli is ready to summon House by court-set deadline but reluctant to resign

KP Sharma Oli

Kathmandu, February 24

One day after the Supreme Court ordered the government to reinstate the House of Representative dissolved by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, leaders close to him say the prime minister is ready to summon the next House meeting by the deadline set by the court.

The Oli camp of the virtually split Nepal Communist Party held its standing committee meeting on Wednesday afternoon and decided to implement the court verdict smoothly, informs the camp’s spokesperson Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, also the minister for foreigner affairs.

Following the court rejecting his House dissolution order, pressure mounts on the PM to step down before the House removes him with a no-confidence motion. But, he is not in the mood of resigning, reveals Oli government’s education minister, Krishna Gopal Shrestha.

Most of the aids of Oli have commented that they will abide by the verdict although the verdict will further complicate the country’s next political course. They say Oli is ready to face the vote of confidence.

Meanwhile, the other faction of the party led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal has already begun preparations to form a coalition with the main opposition Nepali Congress. Dahal and Nepal met Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba this afternoon.

The Election Commission is yet to officially recognise the split of the party and decide which side is legitimate.

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