President calls all-party meeting on TuesdayThe meeting comes at a time of political uncertainties with Oli trying to prevail, UML facing a possible split, Congress vying to lead the government and Maoist Centre at its wit’s end.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called an all-party meeting on Tuesday.
Tika Dhakal, a senior communication expert at the Office of the President, told the Post that President Bhandari has called leaders of all political parties represented in the Parliament as well as former prime ministers to discuss contemporary politics.
The meeting comes at a time when the country is facing political uncertainties–triggered by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s December 20 House dissolution move and the Supreme Court’s decision on February 23, days after the House dissolution move was overturned, to revive the CPN-UML and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre).
There are now four parties in Parliament, with Oli’s UML as the largest with 120 seats followed by the Nepali Congress (63, two suspended), Maoist Centre (53) and Janata Samajbadi Party (34, two suspended). Three parties have one seat each while one is an independent lawmaker.
Oli will face a crisis if the Maoist Centre withdraws its support it had lent to the UML in February 2018. Talks have also been annoying among the Congress, Maoist and Samajbadi leaders to form a coalition government.
The all-party meeting by the President also comes at a time when the CPN-UML too appears to be headed for a split. Though leaders like Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhala Nath Khanal had sided with Pushpa Kamal Dahal when the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) was one, after the court decision to revive the UML and the Maoist Centre, they have returned to the UML fold.