Nepali Congress central leader and former minister NP Saud today said intra-party rift in the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) was behind the state of affairs in the country.

Speaking at a programme organised by Nepali Congress in Kalaiya, Bara, Saud argued that intra-party conflict inside the ruling party had plunged the country into authoritarianism.

Saud stated that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had dissolved the Parliament and indicated the government was hell-bent on imposing dictatorship. He accused PM Oli of burdening the country by dissolving the Parliament and announcing mid-term polls.

He asked all and sundry to work to protect the constitution and political gains achieved through long political struggle.

Saud said Oli's reckless act of House dissolution had furthered instability in the country.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 29, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.