KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has stated that the mid-term election was called in accordance with the constitutional procedure after the incumbent House of Representatives (HoR) failed to provide a vote of confidence and give an alternative administration.
PM Oli said in his address to the people a day before the release of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year that he had suggested either a vote of confidence in his administration or the delivery of an alternative administration, but the HoR produced no results. After PM Oli failed to win a vote of confidence in the House of Representatives on May 10, he was re-elected as Prime Minister under Article 76 (3) of the Constitution as the leader of the largest party in parliament.
PM Oli went on to say that he had opened the door for the creation of a new government under Article 76 (5) because he did not perceive a reliable basis for obtaining a vote of confidence within a month, as the government was obligated to do. On May 20, President Bidya Devi Bhandari called for the establishment of a new administration.
The country was forced to a mid-term election as both sides (his and opposition party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba) clashed over the formation of a new administration, he noted. The House of Representatives election has been scheduled for November 12 and 19.
“I had the institutional support of the UML and JSP, but there were some situations that were completely contrary to multiparty democracy and the parliamentary system. “At a time when there was a compelling need to control the epidemic and implement new policies, programs, and budgets, the circumstance arose in such a way that the government could not take its form,” said PM Oli, who is also the UML chair. This is an act to instill public dissatisfaction with multiparty government systems, as well as a continuation of ultra-rightist and ultra-leftist forces’ attacks on the democratic republic, according to PM Oli.
Ignoring the party whip in a multiparty system is unacceptable, he said, adding that the election was proclaimed by following all of the procedures outlined in the Supreme Court’s February 23 ruling. He stated that seeking a new people’s mandate and governing the government by a party with a people’s mandate is the most democratic option.
He committed to organize elections in a free and fair manner, calling a move for elections a backward act that violates people’s sovereignty. He expressed hope that people’s temporary dissatisfaction will fade after the elections.
He said that if the party had remained unified, the party general convention would have been convened until now. He maintained that he tried his best efforts for party unity until the last hours.
In another context, he stated that the budget for the following fiscal year would be based on a prosperity and social justice strategy. He thanked all neighboring and friendly nations for their assistance in combating the deadly virus, stating that all governmental mechanisms had been mobilized to prevent and control Covid-19.
He promised that an emergency would be declared if necessary, and that vaccines would be made available to all people. He also promised to manage free treatment for sick persons.