In the first part of this series, we have covered the starting series of events in Nepali politics that paved the way for what has been happening lately. In this second series, we continue to present the further developments.
The First Friction
With all due respect to women, nobody expects the alliance of the first wife and the second wife of any person against him to last for a long time. Both parties were no different as they were two wives of the same Communist ideology, one was the Unified Marxist-Leninst while the other was Maoist. Their alliance could only last until they got the fruit of their labor.
Before elections, it was Pushpa Kamal Dahal who seem to have outsmarted everyone by joining KP Sharma Oli to salvage his party and his political career, and after election, it was Prime Minister Oli, who seemed to have outsmarted Pushpa Kamal Dahal by not adhering to the pre-election gentlemen agreement between the two.
The desperation of these leaders to be at the helm of the executive power of this country is what seemed to have started the whirlpool of the political hotchpotch that we all are in the midst of.
The red-letter day (December 20, 2020)
On December 20, 2020, owing to the growing conflict from within a fraction of his own party National Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda decided to table a motion for no-confidence against his own party-formed government. It is still unclear if the motion was registered. However, PM Oli made a move swiftly. On his recommendation, the President dissolved the parliament and set the date for fresh elections.
The move was a total shocker for everyone and was not welcomed, not even from within their own party factions. The President’s step was heavily criticized thus they claimed that it was an unconstitutional step and hence, a threat to democracy
Until this point, Madhav Nepal, another leader of the erstwhile UML, until then a silent observer, chose to side with Prachanda and stand against PM Oli’s decision of dissolving the Parliament. Prachanda, after obtaining support from some of the leaders of the erstwhile UML faction, was quick to see this as an opportunity to implement another political game plan. The communist party whose unification was yet to be formalized completely was on its way to a demerger and the fight for the party’s name and emblem had already begun. Each faction had staked their claim on the newly merged political party by the name ‘Nepal Communist Party’ at the Election Commission of Nepal.
The aftermath of the dissolution of Parliament
Numerous writ petitions were filed by the opposition party against the dissolution of the parliament in the Supreme Court. The cases were referred to the constitutional bench by the incumbent Chief Justice Shree Cholendra Shamsher JBR. More than 300 lawyers from both sides argued for and against the move of the Prime Minister.
On 22nd February 2021, the constitutional bench declared the Prime Minister’s decision of the dissolution of the parliament unconstitutional and it reinstated the parliament, and called for the meeting of the parliament to be held within 13 days.
To be continued……..
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