NEPAL STRIKE AGAINST PARLIAMENT DISSOLUTION TAKES UGLY TURN
On Wednesday February 3 morning, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had appointed as many as 32 office bearers and 11 constitutional bodies
The oath of the 32office bearers was administered in secretary by Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana in presence of President Bhandari. It was then the Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’-led faction of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) immediately opposed the decision and announced the general strike in protest.
Since then, the normal life across the country has been paralyzed. Vehicular movement on the roads has been halted; education institutions, offices and factories were shut down. The government tightened the security and urged the people to defy the strike.
Meanwhile the police have arrested at least 75 members and cadres belonging to the Prachanda-led faction, including the party’s central committee, Asta Laxmi Shakya, Himal Sharma and Amrita Thapa from various parts of the country.
The ruling NCP fell apart after Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli dissolved the House of Representatives on December 20, 2020 and the Prachanda led faction has been agitating since. Oli’s decision has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the hearing is going on.
Oli, who is the chairperson of a faction of the NCP, said that he was forced to dissolve the house after knowing that the Prachanda led faction was planning to file a no-confidence motion against him and introduce an impeachment motion against president Bhandari