Calling the Nepal government's move to dissolve the lower house of the Parliament to be a 'political move', Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said the Supreme Court should dismiss the case. Oli's comments come as the move, which has been claimed to be unconstitutional by members of the ruling party and the opposition, is being challenged in the apex court, where hearings are currently underway. A total of 13 petitions are filed in the Supreme Court of Nepal, challenging the decision of Oli and President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to dissolve the House of Representatives, the lower house parliament, claiming it unconstitutional. The apex court has yet to give a verdict on the writ petitions. Following the dissolution of the Lower House and the announcement of midterm elections, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) witnessed its vertical split as the already-strained ties between the two rival factions of the party have further deepened. The Oli-led faction of the ruling party is backing the dissolution of the House while the other faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal is firmly opposing the government's move and demanding the restoration of parliament.
Addressing an extraordinary session of the Upper House of Parliament on Sunday, Nepal Caretaker Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli announced that Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will visit India on January 14 this month. After the dissolution of the lower house, Oli announced Foreign Minister's upcoming India's visit from the Upper House for the second time. He announced the dates along with agendas prepared for discussion which comes soon after the visit of Indian Foreign Secretary to the Himalayan Nation. FM Gyawali will be staying in India but claimed that relation with Southern Neighbours has improved further after he took over the office.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on January 08 said that the preparations of Budget Session are comprehensive and the session will run in the Parliament by following all the guidelines. The Budget Session of the parliament is expected to begin at the end week of January.