Nepal’s caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday challenged the ruling Nepal Communist Party(NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to remove him from office if he could. PM Oli challenged the Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’-led party to cast a vote of no confidence in the by-elections, Oli speaks at an event in his hometown of Jhapa. “If you have brought back the Parliament, then remove KP Oli from office as PM if you can. Oli is still the party leader in the Nepal Communist Party Parliament. I am the party’s chairman as well as the prime minister,” said the 69-year-old PM Oli.
Nepal entered politics on December 20 after President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10 with the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amid power struggles within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP). In a landmark decision, a five-member constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher last week overturned Oli’s “unconstitutional” decision to dissolve a 275-member parliament. The court ordered the government to convene a House session within the next 13 days. The ruling party is divided following Oli’s decision to dissolve the lower house. “Remove me if you can. If I am removed from office, I will win by a two-thirds majority in the next election,” Prime Minister Oli told the newspaper.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has been making efforts to gain the support of the opposition Janata Samajbadi and Nepali Congress’s parties with the aim of ousting Oli. Oli’s news adviser Surya Thapa last week said the prime minister would not immediately resign and apply the Supreme Court’s decision against him in parliament. Oli is under pressure to step down following a court ruling.