‘Failed in his mission’, Oli says he will withdraw controversial ordinances

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli

Kathmandu, April 23

Apparently, after failing to achieve his mission of splitting the Samajwadi Party Nepal and facing severe criticism from inside and outside his party, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said he would withdraw the controversial ordinance on political parties. He says the ordinance on the Constitutional Council will also be withdrawn.

In his meeting with the party’s executive chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal in his official residence of Baluwatar this morning, Oli agreed to withdraw the ordinances after consulting legal experts, according to sources.

The constitution allows the president to withdraw the ordinances issued by her at any time whenever the prime minister recommends so.

During the meeting, Dahal had advised Oli to call a meeting of the party’s standing committee as demanded by 20 leaders of the party recently. Before this, the party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal had also suggested the same. He had told Oli that withdrawing the ordinance was a must to avoid an impending accident in the party.

Meanwhile, the party postponed ongoing discussions with its federal lawmakers citing it would require additional preparation. Earlier on Wednesday, Oli had met the lawmakers representing Province 1 and Sudurpaschim, justifying why the ordinances were introduced.

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