KATHMANDU, MAY 24
146 lawmakers of the opposition alliance have registered a writ petition at the Supreme Court (SC) demanding the reinstatement of the House of Representatives (HoR) and appointment of the Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba as the Prime Minister, today.
A scenario like this, wherein majority lawmakers have assembled in Supreme Court premises demanding the formation of government and reinstatement of House, is rare and perhaps a sole such event in the history of parliamentary politics.
The writ signed by the lawmakers that were present at the court to verify the petition has been filed at the apex court this afternoon.
The writ also claimed that the stake to the premiership by the opposition parties with the support of 149 lawmakers not being validated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was unconstitutional.
The country was ushered into a new episode of uncertainty amid the raging second wave of Covid-19 pandemic as PM Oli and NC President Deuba filed their respective claims for the premiership - both announcing that they command the support of the majority of lawmakers, which created a situation of improbable mathematics.
Later, on the same day, President Bhandari had rejected claims of both the candidates' stating they fell short of required provisions, thereby paving way for PM Oli to forward the recommendation to dissolve the House.