KATHMANDU, JANUARY 9

Thousands of supporters of the Nepali Congress today staged demonstrations in all 330 provincial constituencies against dissolution of the House of Representatives.

NC has been staging various protest programmes across the country saying that the government’s move was unconstitutional and authoritative.

Addressing a mass at Budhanilkanta, Kathmandu, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba urged all to join hands with the NC as the communist parties had not been able to meet people’s expectations. He, however, also said it was not a democratic practice to exert pressure on the Supreme Court from the streets to give verdict in one’s favour.

Deuba said, “Nepali Congress is a party that follows moral values. We believe in rule of law and the court.

We shall wait for the SC’s verdict. We will abide by the decision of the court.” He further said that people’s verdict was above the SC’ verdict, so it would be alright to go to elections and seek their mandate. He however, also said that if Oli wouldn’t hold elections on the given date, the NC would throw out the PM through protests.

At least 12 cases have been filed at the apex court against the dissolution of the House.

Deuba’s statement that he will wait for the court’s decision, is however opposed by senior leader Ramchandra Paudel and other leaders who say the PM’s move has to be rectified through street movement.

Senior NC leader Prakash Man Singh said PM Oli didn’t dissolve the House to hold election but to prolong his premiership.

NC lawmaker Gagan Thapa slammed the government for failing to address people’s issues amid the pandemic and forcing the country to go for elections.

A Central Working Committee meeting of the NC had decided to protest programmes across the country.

Earlier, it had demonstrated against the HoR dissolution in all 165 constituencies on December 28.