The opposition alliance held a meeting today to discuss their legal strategy in the House of Representatives dissolution case.

Nepali Congress leader Ramesh Lekhak told mediapersons after the meeting that the alliance discussed how best to conduct their legal battle and who all should be mobilised to present their case in the court.

Yesterday, 146 lawmakers, including Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba had filed a case at the Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of the Lower House.

In the Parliamentary system, a member of the House who commands majority forms the government, but here, Deuba who commanded majority was not allowed to form the government, Lekhak argued.

"How can the constitution and the political system be saved if a member of the House who has support of the majority lawmakers cannot form the government," he wondered.

Lekhak said Article 76 (1) 76 (2) and 76(3) gave a role to political parties but Article 76 (5) gave the role to individual lawmakers and the spirit of the constitution should be respected. He said there was no reason to deny individual lawmakers' role as they were also people's representatives and the constitution had recognised their role in Article 76 (5).

A version of this article appears in the print on May 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.