Nepal Parliament houses prorogued; PM Oli may split party to retain office

Move will save PM Oli from floor test as many leaders from ruling party are demanding his registration

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An emergency Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Oli decided to recommend President Bidya Devi Bhandari for the dissolution of Parliament's House of Representatives.

In a big relief to Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Thursday (July 02) granted his approval to the government’s proposal to discontinue the ongoing Budget session without dissolving it.

The move comes after Oli held a Cabinet meeting held at his residence in Baluwatar to seek the President’s nod to prorogue the Parliamentary session. Many leaders from the ruling Nepal Communist Party had been demanding his registration after the Oli government’s redrawing of Nepal’s political map had backfired.

A few days after the PM steered a constitution amendment Bill to get parliamentary sanction for Nepal’s new map that includes three territories with India (Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura), Oli alleged that India and a section of the leaders in Kathmandu were plotting to eliminate him from power.

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On Wednesday (July 01), as many as 31 of 44 standing committee members of the party, led by former Prime Minister and Nepal Communist Party co-chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, raised opposition to Oli’s continuation as PM after his remark against India and some Nepalese leaders, The Kathmandu Post reported.

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On June 28, Oli said “embassies and hotels” had been involved in various kinds of activities to remove him from power, referring to India and some leaders in Nepal.
Reacting to Oli’s remark, Dahal said it was neither politically correct, nor diplomatically appropriate, NDTV reported. “Such a statement by the Prime Minister may damage our relations with the neighbour,” Dahal added.
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