Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal central Chairman and former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai said that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had dissolved the House of the Representatives with the backing of ex-royalists.

Speaking at a protest rally organised by his party in Dhankuta, Bhattarai said that Oli had made a series of unconstitutional moves risking the political gains accomplished so far after long struggle.

"Oli has the backing of former royalists, and so he might go for Hindu state and revival of monarchy in the country," Bhattarai added.

Bhattarai stressed the need of stern protest as Oli had taken the path of Junga Bahadur Rana. He clarified that the present constitution had not given the prerogative to the prime minister to dissolve the Parliament. He expressed confidence that the Parliament would be reinstated to bring the country's politics back on track, and urged all parties to join the joint the street struggle to unseat Oli from power.

Bhattarai slammed the Nepali Congress for its dubious policy in the wake of the dissolution of Parliament.

He feared that the country might lose federalism, republicanism and inclusion due to the emergence of regressive forces. He accused KP Sharma Oli of plundering the country in the guise of hollow nationalism.

Bhattarai cautioned that Oli's arrogance and myopia had put the country in jeopardy.

He stressed the need to wage a joint struggle and form an-all party government.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 7, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.