Is PM Oli bringing an ordinance again?

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July 2, 2020

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Is PM Oli bringing an ordinance again?

Prime Minister KP Oli. (File Photo/RSS)

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KATHMANDU: Speculations are that Prime Minister KP Oli may soon bring an ordinance to pave way for the split of political parties.

Observers have to note that the abrupt prorogation of the budget session of the parliament has come as the first step towards that end.

It should be noted that the government cannot bring ordinances when the Parliament is ongoing.

Moreover, quite a few agendas and bills such as the bill on the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, citizenship bill, and the endorsement of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) were still undecided in the Parliament.

PM Oli, who is also a Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) had brought an ordinance in April as the intra-party rift within the NCP was at its peak.

An April 20 meeting of the cabinet had brought the ordinance allowing the political parties to split with the support of 40 percent in either the central committee or the parliamentary party.

The act about political parties requires the support of 40 percent in both the parliamentary party and the central committee to split any political party.

He, however, was compelled to withdraw the ordinance after he faced widespread criticism from all walks of life, including the civil society members, political parties, among others.

A meeting of the cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar on Thursday recommended to the President to prorogue the budget session effective from five of July 2.

Prime Minister may have taken this move as a majority of the members sought PM Oli’s resignation during the ongoing Standing Committee meeting.

It has to be noted with emphasis that PM Oli is in the minority in the 45-member Standing Committee and the 9-member powerful Secretariat of the party.

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