Mixed reactions to Supreme Court verdict of reinstating Parliament

Ashim Neupane

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Kathmandu: For the leaders of the opposition alliance, the Supreme Court’s verdict on Monday to reinstate the House and appoint Sher Bahadur Deuba as the prime minister has given a sense of victory, while KP Oli-led faction of UML, a faction of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and a faction of Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal (JSPN) are warning of political instability.

Although the verdict is expected to bring Nepali politics—already in a deep crisis— back to the track, this is not as easy as expected.

Observers and commentators believe that KP Oli-led UML and his allies will keep no stones unturned to turn the tide in their favor. Visible dichotomous remarks by the leaders from the ruling party and their allies and opposition leaders clearly indicate that the debate over the verdict by the apex court will not be stopping anytime soon, even demonstrations which are reflected in the initial remarks by the leaders from both sides.

Opposition alliance welcomes the verdict while leaders from KP Oli-led UML, a faction of JSPN and RPP warn of political instability.

Here is the synopsis of the remarks from some of the leaders:

Following the court’s order, prominent leaders of the major political parties have welcomed the move.

Following the court’s verdict, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba said that the apex court’s decision was fair. Talking to Journalists in his residence in Budhanilkantha, he said the verdict will help establish the rule of law. “The decision has also strengthened democracy,” he said.

Chairman of CPN (Maoist Center) Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ termed the court’s order as a historical move. Reacting to the decision, he said, “This is the win for both Nepal and Nepali people.”

Similarly, CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, said the SC’s verdict has saved the Constitution, parliament and democracy.

According to former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, also a JSPN leader, regressive forces should be punished by forming a stable government after bringing the Constitution on track.

“Our campaign to protect the Constitution succeeded,” commented Ram Chandra Poudel, a senior leader of the Nepali Congress. Moreover, he also congratulated Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Leaders from KP Oli-led UML, a faction of JSPN and Rastriya PP, however, warn of political instability.

The Twitter status of Kamal Thapa hinted that the country will be entangled in political instability as there will be complications in the implementation of the verdict.