President Bhandari asks top leaders not to take election in a negative way

Kathmandu: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has proposed to go to the polls during a ‘meeting’ of top leaders of the major parties convened by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. Leaders of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Center have objected to it, while the President has shown support.

President Bhandari, who is preparing to visit Bangladesh, called on top leaders of major political parties and former prime ministers for tea. Leaders of CPN-UML, Congress, Maoist Center, Janata Samajbadi Party, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Rastriya Janamorcha and NCP were present at the meeting held at the President’s Office, Sheetal Niwas.

Addressing the gathering after the invited leaders arrived, President Bhandari said that they could not meet for a long time due to covid-19 and called for tea as she is about to visit Bangladesh.

President Bhandari said that the election is a democratic process. So, everyone should take it in a positive manner. She, however said that the decision over election is a matter of leader’s choice. They can object if they want to.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Oli defended his move to dissolve the House of Representatives. He said that whatever the decision of the Supreme Court is, the provision regarding the dissolution of the parliament is in the constitution. Stating that the reconstituted House of Representatives is not working well, Prime Minister Oli has now proposed that all the political parties go to the polls together.