Senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel said the party's priority was to protect the constitution and democratic republicanism.

Speaking at a cadres' meet organised in different wards of Tanahun's Byas and Bhanu municipalities today, the NC leader argued that safeguarding the constitution and the political gains so far made were what his party valued the most.

Further, accusing the prime minister of dissolving a properly functioning Parliament solely on the basis of his whims, Paudel opined, "The House dissolution at the hand of the prime minister is outand-out wrong done with the president's support, so it's imperative that the court restore the House."

"We aren't scared of the polls, it's only that we fear lest we lose the gains we've already secured. It's why we've chosen to protest against the dissolution," he tried to clarify.

On a different note, Paudel accused the Oli-led government of doing nothing in the name of development in the district.

"Whatever development has happened in the district so far was done by our party," he claimed, underlining the need to tap on the huge potential of hydropower, tourism and agriculture to ensure development of the district and the country.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 3, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.