Prominent members of civil society call for unity among political parties, civil society and the public against House dissolutionExpressing serious concern over the dissolution, Devendra Raj Pandey and Krishna Pahadi said it was a regressive move and an attack on the achievements of the people’s movement of 2006.
Two prominent civil society members have expressed serious concern over the dissolution of the House of Representatives.
In a joint statement issued on Sunday, civil society members Devendra Raj Pandey and Krishna Pahadi said that the dissolution of the House of Representatives is an undemocratic and reprehensible step and stressed on the need to reinstate the House of Representatives which was dissolved on December 20.
"The dissolution of the House of Representatives was seen as part of a regression to address the party's internal grievances," read the statement.
They have also pointed out that the achievements of the people's movement of 2006, which is a strong foundation of peace and democratic development, are being attacked from those responsible for safeguarding it.
‘The monarchy was first suspended and then abolished on the strength of the same people's movement. According to the mandate of the same people's movement, the Constituent Assembly was elected, and the constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal was promulgated,” read the statement.
Although good governance was expected everywhere after elections of three tiers of government, the political leadership did not live up to that expectation, Pandey and Pahadi said.
The vacillation of Sher Bahadur Deuba, president of the Nepali Congress, who claims to uphold the legacy of democratic values, over the House dissolution is also a matter of concern, the duo said.
"In order to end the growing disillusionment among the people, the major political parties should apologise for the mistakes made in the past," the statement said. “We call on all political parties, the civil society and all citizens to unite against the conspiracy and maneuvering to protect the achievement of the people’s movement including democratic republic, basic freedoms and human rights. "