KATHMANDU, JULY 12
Leaders of the opposition alliance including ruling CPN-UML senior figure Madhav Kumar Nepal are scheduled to meet following the Supreme Court verdict that reinstated the House of Representatives and issued a mandamus to appoint Deuba as Prime Minister within 28 hours, that is by 5:00 pm on Tuesday.
The meeting that is reportedly scheduled for 5:00 pm today, is likely to discuss the steps forward after the court's mandamus to appoint Deuba as PM, and the commencement of House session within seven days.
Despite the taskforce formed to broker peace between dissenting sides within the ruling party had struck a reunion-deal on Sunday, Madhav Nepal had been adamant about not retracting the signatures forwarded by lawmakers on his side, to back Deuba's claim to premiership.
The five-member constitutional bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana issued the ruling today stating that President Bidya Devi Bhandari's decision to dissolve the House upon a recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was an unconstitutional act.
The writ filed by 146-lawmaker strong opposition alliance was among the writ petitions that had moved the apex court demanding the reinstatement of the lower house along with the appointment of Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba as the Prime Minister for staking claim to the post according to Article 76 (5) of the Constitution.