KATHMANDU, FEBRUARY 23
The Supreme Court of Nepal on Tuesday evening overturned Oli-Government's December 20 decision to dissolve the House of Representatives.
With this, the uncertainty surrounding the political scenario has receded to an extent.
Leaders of disgruntled faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal have welcomed the court's decision.
Ram Kumari Jhankri, leader of Dahal-Nepal faction of ruling Nepal Communist Party, expressed that the reinstatement of the Lower House of the Parliament was necessary to correct the unconstitutional wrongdoings of the 'whimsical ruler'. "This step has ended the fascist intentions while respecting the will of the people."
Jhakri, who has been very vocal against PM Oli's actions, was recently apprehended by the Nepal Police on orders of the government for her strong statements against the Prime Minister and the President.
स्वेच्छाचारी शाशकको असंबैधानिक कदम सच्चाउन, लोकतन्त्र र संविधानको रक्षाका लागि संसद पुनर्स्थापना अनिवार्य थियो।
यो पुनर्स्थापना ले स्वच्छाचारी तानाशाही कदमको अन्त्य सँगै समग्र जनताको सम्मान गरेको छ।- Ram kumari Jhakri (@Jhakri_didi) February 23, 2021
Former Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai has said that this decision has ensured the victory of the people and of democracy,
सर्बोच्च अदालतले स्वतन्त्र न्यायलय र आफ्नो गरिमालाई उचा गरेको छ । मुलुक, लोकतन्त्र र ब्यबस्थाको रक्षा गरेर ३ करोड नेपालीको सम्मानप्राप्त गरेको छ । सम्माननीय प्रधानन्ययधिश र माननीय न्यायधिशज्यूहरुप्रति हार्दिक धन्यवाद तथा आभर ब्यक्त गर्दछु । जनताको जित, लोकतन्त्रको जित ।- Yogesh Bhattarai (@yogesbhattarai) February 23, 2021
Historical verdict of Supreme Court to reinstate parliament. It is the victory of democracy & constitutionalism. It's high time to bid farewell to both- president & Prime Minister.- Bishnu Rijal (@bishnurijal1) February 23, 2021
Likewise, leaders in opposition too have expressed respite over the court's decision to quash the President's decision on recommendation of Oli Government. Nepali Congress leader Gagan Thapa said that the Supreme Court has protected the Constitution and by reinstating the House, reinstated people's faith in the judiciary. Furthermore, the main opposition party's spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma, mirroring Thapa's sentiments, said that the court's decision will discourage such intentions in future.
हामी सवैलाई बधाई!
संविधान विरुद्ध षडयन्त्र र सेटिङको शासन गर्ने प्रधानमन्त्रीको दुस्साहसलाई खारेज गर्दै सर्वोच्च अदालतले संविधानको रक्षा गरेको छ।अदालतले विना भय र दवाव,विवेकसम्मत रुपमा संविधानको पक्षमा दृढतापूर्वक आफुलाई उभ्याउदै न्यायालयप्रतिको जनविश्वासलाई थप उच्च बनाएको छ।- Gagan Thapa (@thapagk) February 23, 2021
न्याय मुर्तिहरुलाई लाख लाख सलाम !
संसद विघटन असंवैधानिक ठहर गर्दै सिंगो देश आन्दोलनमा थियो l फैसलाले विघटनसंगै अधिनायक आकांक्षालाई समेत बदर गरेको छ l संविधान रक्षा गर्दै जनताको जीत भएको छ l- Bishwa Prakash शर्मा (@bishwaprakash77) February 23, 2021
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister and senior leader of Janata Samajwadi Party Baburam Bhattarai who is in the Indian capital of New Delhi took to Twitter expressing elation after the House reinstatement decision.
कस्तो सुखद संयोग!अस्पतालमा आफ्नो स्वास्थ्य परीक्षणको प्रतिवेदन पर्खदैगर्दा मनचाहिं देशभित्र सर्वोच्चको फैसलातिर थियो! हिन्दू मिथकको भष्मासुरलाई बिष्णुले मोहिनी रूप धारण गरेर वध गरे झैं सर्वोच्च अदालतले नेपाली भष्मासुरको वध गरेर लोकतन्त्रको रक्षा गरेको खबर सुन्दा रोगै हराए झैं भो! pic.twitter.com/1cYnCCxJRY- Baburam Bhattarai (@brb1954) February 23, 2021
Civil society members too have hailed the court's decision to nullify dissolution of House. However, many have cautioned that their ongoing protests under the banner of Brihat Nagarik Andolan will continue reasoning that their movement is not against a person but the peculiar characteristic of the Nepali state which does not treat all its citizens equally and against the prevalent political culture.
Constitution Vs Constitutionalism prevail. Supreme Court of Nepal again stablished that court will protect the Constitution.- Mohna Ansari موھنا انصاري (@MohnaAnsari) February 23, 2021
Former Chief Justice Sushila Karki has welcomed the decision made by the Constitutional Bench in favour of the Constitution of Nepal.
However, at the end of the court's verdict, everybody has one question lingering on their minds- What will Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's next move be?