KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba believes the Supreme Court would grant justice in the writ suit filed by a majority of legislators, including himself, to preserve the constitution and democracy.
President Deuba accused the Prime Minister for breaking the constitution at a virtual program held today to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Nepal Press Union, adding that they were forced to knock on the door of the Supreme Court to preserve the supreme law of the land.
He reacted angrily to President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s action, claiming that she failed to conduct the requisite investigation into their petition for the creation of a new administration, as required by Article 76 (5) of the constitution.
On a side topic, he promised to host the party’s general convention on schedule, adding that he does not want to be blamed for not being able to convene the party’s general convention.
Similarly, NC senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel stated that, despite the constitution’s adoption of a multi-party democratic system, parliamentarians were forced to approach the Supreme Court for the formation of a new government in accordance with Article 76 (5) after self-determination and decision rights of parliamentarians were denied.
He stated that the existing administration announced an election during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that there is a chance of it being postponed again due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and that the country now requires an alternative.
“The 14th general convention of the party should be conducted on the specified date in order to make the NC capable and united,” he added.
Similarly, Bipul Pokhrel, President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, expressed concern that, while information would be critical for citizens during a pandemic, the media sector had not received the attention it deserved from the government and party.
Press Union President Badri Sigdel announced a relief fund of one million rupees from the Press Union for the relief of COVID-19 impacted media personnel, and he urged everyone to contribute to the fund.
Around 500 persons participated in the virtual program, including Ganesh Basnet, Chairperson of Press Chautari Nepal, Maheshwor Dahal, Chairperson of Press Centre Nepal, Deepak Acharya, senior vice-president of Press Union, and general-secretary Ajaybabu Siwakoti.