Even after the Supreme Court issued a contempt of court notice to Co-chairperson of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal in the House dissolution case that is sub judice, he has not refrained from making more contemptuous remarks.

Addressing a press conference today, Dahal warned of catastrophe if the Supreme Court failed to interpret the constitution that was violated by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli by deciding to dissolve the House of Representatives.

He also asked the Election Commission to act as per the law and recognise his party as authentic NCP on the basis of majority.

He claimed that the country was in a mess not because of intra-party wrangling in the NCP, but due to the government's regressive moves and its desire to kill democracy. Dahal said all political forces and civil society members were opposing the prime minister's move to dissolve the HoR.

He said leaders of his party would issue a white paper on the events preceding the House dissolution.

Stating that his party was mindful of the inconvenience caused by extreme forms of protest, particularly general strike, Dahal said his party announced a general strike yesterday as it felt the need to protest the government's move to make appointments to constitutional bodies bypassing constitutional hearing and violating the spirit of the constitution and provisions of the Constitutional Council Act.

He compared the mass gathering held by the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-led faction of the NCP in front of the Narayanhiti Palace to rallies held by the Panchayat government towards the end of the Panchayat regime.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 6, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.