Nepal PM says ruling party tried to form parallel govt

Kathmandu: Defending his move to dissolve the House of Representatives, Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has blamed some leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) for attempting to form a “parallel government”.

Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after Oli, in a surprise move, dissolved the House of Representatives, amidst a tussle for power with his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal ”Prachanda”. His move to dissolve the 275-member House sparked protests from a large section of the NCP led by Prachanda, also a co-chair of the ruling party.

The Prachanda-led faction has been holding anti-government protest rallies and public gatherings in various parts of the country, including Kathmandu.

Both Prachanda and the rival Oli group claim to control the Nepal Communist Party and the issue is being disputed at the Election Commission.

Oli said that his government had been facing obstacles similar to that of a coalition government for the past one year.

Blaming his own party colleagues, he defended his move to dissolve the House, saying that some leaders of the party attempted to form a “parallel government”.

The Prachanda-led faction, which is currently launching agitation to get official recognition from the Election Commission as the legitimate NCP, held a massive rally last week in a bid to show its strength.

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