Nepali Congress to hold nationwide protests against House dissolution on MondayThe leaders of the party, until Wednesday, had been divided over calling for House reinstatement and preparing for the midterm polls.
Nepali Congress, the main opposition party in the dissolved House of Representatives, has decided to hold nationwide protests against the government’s decision of dissolution on Monday.
A meeting of the party’s Central Working Committee on Thursday made the decision to demonstrate in all 165 constituencies across the country.
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The KP Sharma Oli administration on Sunday recommended the dissolution of the House of Representatives and announced the date for midterm elections, which was approved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the same day.
Prime Minister Oli took the step amid growing intra-party conflict in the ruling Nepal Communist Party.
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The decision has split the ruling party into two factions: one led by KP Sharma Oli and the other by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal as both groups have been holding their Central Committee meetings, claiming to be the Nepal Communist Party.
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Although the Nepali Congress had said that the Cabinet decision to recommend House dissolution was against the provisions and spirit of the constitution and it would strongly oppose it, leaders of the party, until Wednesday, were divided on whether to fight for House reinstatement or prepare for elections.
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