RAJBIRAJ, JANUARY 3 Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Province 2 In-charge Satya Narayan Mandal, who is close to Prime Minister KP Oli, today defended Prime Minister Oli’s move dissolving the House of Representatives and announcing the dates for fresh polls.

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Province 2 In-charge Satya Narayan Mandal addressing the party’s programme, in Rajbiraj, on Sunday. Photo: THT
Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Province 2 In-charge Satya Narayan Mandal addressing the party’s programme, in Rajbiraj, on Sunday. Photo: THT
Mandal said that Prime Minister Oli was forced to dissolve the Parliament and announce fresh polls due to his obligations. Speaking at a programme organised by NCP leaders loyal to the Oli faction, Mandal insisted that Oli was forced to take such a step due to non-cooperation from within the ruling party. “Prime Minister Oli’s hands were tied and he was pressed to appoint people close to the Madhav Nepal-Pushpa Kamal Dahal faction in various government organs. The other side had put Oli in trouble. As a result, he dissolved the Parliament for a fresh mandate,” Mandal clarified. Mandal charged that the Dahal-Nepal faction was preparing to register a motion of no confidence against the prime minister and an impeachment motion against the president in the House of Representatives. This led to the dissolution of Parliament, Mandal added. Mandal claimed that the House of Representatives would not be reinstated and fresh polls would be held at any cost despite protests and obstructions.