President summons House meeting for 4pm on March 7The Parliament meeting has been called a week after the Supreme Court overturned Oli’s decision to dissolve the lower house.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called the House session for March 7.
According to the Office of the President, President Bhandari summoned the House session for 4pm on March 7 as per the recommendation of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.
The Office of the President has said that it received the government recommendation to call the House on Monday itself.
A minister, however, had told the Post on Friday that a Cabinet meeting that evening had decided to recommend the House meeting on March 7.
As many as 13 writ petitions were filed at the Supreme Court challenging Oli’s House dissolution decision.
On February 23, a five-member Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana said that Oli’s House dissolution decision was unconstitutional and asked authorities to call a meeting of the House within 13 days–within March 8.
The court had given 13 days to the authorities to call the House meeting because the Oli government had recommended its dissolution on 13 days before the constitutionally mandated date to call the winter session of Parliament.
The Oli government had prorogued the House on July 2. As per the constitutional provision, there cannot be a gap of more than six months between the two sessions of the House, hence the House proceedings should have started on January 2.