Kathmandu, September 14
The Supreme Court has ordered the Election Commission to let CPN-UML lawmakers Som Prasad Pandey and Sharada Devi Bhatta join the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led CPN-Unified Socialist, a newly formed party after the split of the CPN-UML.
A division bench of justices Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Nahakul Subedi issued the order in response to the writ petition filed by Pandey and Bhatta. Earlier, the court had told the CPN-UML not to take action against them even if they join the new party.
Both Bhatta and Pandey want to join the newly formed party. However, they had missed signing the application for the party registration and the Election Commission had refused to register them as lawmakers of the new party.
It means these two are the UML lawmakers officially and the party may remove them from the lawmakers’ position if they defect to the CPN-Unified Socialist in absence of the order issued today.