President prorogues winter session of National AssemblyIn his address to the upper house, Oli said the lower house dissolution is a political issue, not a constitutional one. He also vented his ire at intellectuals, civil society and media for ‘attempting to influence’ the court.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has prorogued the seventh session of the National Assembly after the emergency Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning made the recommendation.
As many as seven ordinances were presented at the winter session which began on January 1 and had met four times including Sunday.
At the end of Sunday’s meeting, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Prasad Timilsina read out the letter from the President to end the winter session.
The prime minister addressed today’s meeting of the National Assembly defending his move of dissolving the House of Representatives.
Repeating his reply to the Supreme Court Prime Minister Oli, at the meeting of the National Assembly, said the dissolution of the House of Representatives is purely a political issue not a constitutional one.
He even said the Supreme Court shouldn’t entertain the writ petitions against the dissolution.
“The court should quash the writs saying the dissolution is a political decision,” he said. “It is not necessary to entertain them.”
He also expressed his rage against the intellectuals, civil society and media saying they are attempting to influence the Supreme Court.
Hinting at the four former chief justices, who issued a joint statement saying the decision to dissolve the House of Representatives was unconstitutional, Oli said, “Their tone of statement shows that they are still working in the court. I wonder what verdict would they have given during their tenure.”
He also briefed the members of the National Assembly about the achievements of his governments in the last three years.
Commenting on the government’s move to prorogue the upper house in 10 days, member of the National Assembly Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the prime minister was afraid that people’s views would be presented during House meetings.
“The government that dissolved the House of Representatives unconstitutionally cannot understand the importance of the people’s representatives’ assembly,” said Shrestha. “It is wrong. It is nothing but an attempt to stop the criticism against his unconstitutional and regressive move.”