Nepali Congress parliamentary party leader in the National Assembly Radhe Shyam Adhikari raised question about President Bidhya Devi Bhandari's role in the dissolution of the House of Representatives.

Speaking in the Upper House today, Adhikari wondered whether Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's recent decisions, including his recommendation to dissolve the HoR, helped enhance the dignity of the president or put her in bad light.

At present, only the prime minister defends the president, whereas everyone who cares for republican order should have reasons to defend the president, who is the symbol of republican order, Adhikari added.

He said the PM, who had failed to iron out differences between the warring factions in his own party, was running the country through ordinance and trying to weaken federalism. He said if federalism was derailed, that would also sound the death knell for constitutionalism.

CPN-Maoist Centre lawmaker Dinanath Sharma also accused the PM of running the country through ordinance.

Stating that the NA was also a platform to raise public concern after the House of Representatives was dissolved, Sharma urged the government not to end the NA meeting after a few days.

NA met today after a long hiatus.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 2 2021, of The Himalayan Times.