Oli agrees to withdraw the ordinance that attracted a torrent of opprobriumStanding Committee took the decision on rescinding the ordinance, party spokesperson says.
The KP Sharma Oli is set to withdraw the ordinance on the Constitutional Council Act that it issued on Tuesday and got endorsed by the President the same day.
A Standing Committee meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party took a decision to that effect as per which the government, led by party chair, will rescind the ordinance.
“Today’s meeting of the Standing Committee unanimously decided to withdraw the ordinance,” Narayan Kaji Shrestha, the party spokesperson, told reporters after Wednesday’s Standing Committee meeting.
According to Shrestha, the meeting also decided that no petition would be filed to demand a special House session.
The Oli government on Tuesday had introduced the ordinance on the Constitutional Council Act (Functions, Duties and Procedures) 2010, attracting censure from various quarters, including leaders from within Oli’s Nepal Communist Party.
Analysts and experts on constitutional matters had said the Oli government had committed a fraud on the constitution by introducing the ordinance.
Through the ordinance, Oli had changed the clause related to the Council’s meeting. As per the ordinance, the Council can hold a meeting if the majority of the existing members is present. This effectively meant Oli can call the Council meeting any time with just three members, rendering the Speaker and the leader of the opposition without any say.
The ordinance also amended the clause on decision making, saying decisions can be taken on majority basis.
On Tuesday evening, Oli, as the chair of the Constitutional Council, had held a meeting in the presence of two members–chief justice and National Assembly chair.
The other members in the Council are–Speaker, deputy Speaker and the leader of the main opposition.
There is no deputy Speaker currently.
Shrestha said party chair Oli apprised the Standing Committee that Tuesday evening’s Council meeting did not take any decision on constitutional appointments.
The Constitutional Council recommends names for appointments in several constitutional bodies, foreign missions and the judiciary.
According to Shrestha, the next meeting of the Standing Committee will be held on Sunday.