kathmandu:146 lawmakers, including 23 from the Madhav Nepal faction of the UML, have signed the petition, also demanding that Congress President Deuba be appointed prime minister.
The opposition alliance on Monday filed moved the the Supreme Court, demanding that the Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba be declared new prime minister and reinstating the House of Representatives.
As many as 146 members of the dissolved House of Representatives–61 from the Nepali Congress, 49 from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), 23 from the Madhav Nepal faction of the CPN-UML, 12 from the Upendra Yadav-Baburam Bhattarai of the Janata Samajbadi Party and one from Rastriya Janamorcha Nepal–have signed the petition, challenging Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s House dissolution move late on Friday night.
Before dissolving the House, President Bhandari earlier on Friday night had disqualified Deuba’s claim that he be appointed prime minister. Deuba had presented signatures of 149 lawmakers to prove that he commanded the majority to lead a new government. However, Oli too made a claim that he be appointed prime minister, even though he still was the prime minister, saying he had the backing of 153 lawmakers. He did not present the signatures of those lawmakers.
After the President disqualified both claims, Oli, through a midnight Cabinet meeting, recommended House dissolution. The President duly obliged.
A court official confirmed that as many as 146 lawmakers have filed the petition.
“We are verifying the documents,” said Devendra Dhakal, an information officer at the Supreme Court. “The petition has names of 146 lawmakers.”
On Friday afternoon, 26 lawmakers of the Madhav Nepal faction of the UML had thrown weight behind Deuba. Of them, Gokarna Bista, Pabitra Niroula and Ganesh Pahadi backed out on Monday, and they have not signed the petition, according to Jeevan Ram Shrestha, a UML lawmaker close to Madhav Nepal.