Nepal's caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday defended his latest move to dissolve parliament and called on the public to gear up for the election scheduled for April and May. Taking a jibe against his former fellow party chairman and other members of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Oli said splinter group orchestrated plots to remove him from post, thus bringing political instability in the Himalayan Nation. More than a dozen of cases have been filed against Oli's move of December in Apex Court which has continued its hearing over the weeks and is expected to give a verdict by the end of this month. If the government wins the battle in court, questions have been raised over the timings left with the Election Commission to prepare for the two phased elections which has been called on for April 30 and May 10. Elected in 2017 after landslide victory, Oli became the first Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nepal after communist alliance of CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Center secured nearly two-third majorities in the lower house.
Students protesting against the dissolution of parliament clashed with police near the Federal Parliament of Nepal in Kathmandu on Monday. Demonstrators affiliated to All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) scuffled with police as they attempted to organise a flash mob in front of Gate no 3 of Parliament in Kathmandu. Police tried to stop the demonstration which left one protestor injured seriously and few others faced minor injuries. Demonstrators tried to set off colour smoke near the parliament which has been declared a restricted area by local authorities. Nepal was plunged into a state of constitutional crisis as now caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved lower house last year calling fresh elections on April 30 and May 10, 2021. The alliance which turned into a new party under name of Nepal Communist Party headed for a split within 2 years of unity. Oli decided to dissolve lower house on December 20. Decision of Oli also is being challenged in court with over a dozen cases filed in Apex Court with verdicts expected by the end of this month.
In the latest episode of In Focus, Avik Saha, National Convener, Jai Kisan Andolan, said that the protesting farmers will not participate in talks with the panel formed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of Centre’s three farm laws. The apex court said that it is forming a four-member committee to resolve the impasse between Centre and farmers. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said that it will pass an order to this effect. The committee will look into the farmers' grievances against the three new laws. SC also sought the cooperation of the protesting farers on the issue. Watch the full video for more.
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If the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of the three farm laws, the Supreme Court on Monday said it will put a stay on it. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde, is hearing a batch of petitions, including those filed by DMK MP Tiruchi Siva, RJD MP Manoj K Jha, against the constitutional validity of three farm laws, passed by the Central government along with the plea to remove protesting farmers. "If the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of farm laws, we will put a stay on it," the CJI asserted. The Union of India must take responsibility for all this. "You (Centre) are bringing the laws and you can do it in a better manner," the CJI said. Expressing his displeasure over the way the laws are being framed, the CJI said: "What is going on." "The talks have failed. The whole thing has gone on for more than a month and what negotiations are going on, we don't understand. This is a very delicate situation. The parties are in a delicate situation," Bobde said. "Our intention is that whether we can bring an amicable solution to the issue. Can the law be put on hold for some time? the CJI asked Venugopal. "We can see whether we constitute a committee for resolving the issue. Whether you are a part of the solution or a part of the problem," the CJI said. "There is not a single petition, nor pleadings, which said the laws are good," he said. "Some people have committed suicide, old people and women are a part of the agitation. What is happening?" said CJI. Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020 against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that there are forces that want the farmers' agitation to continue and ensuring that no good comes out of it. Centre and farmer leaders held 11th round of..
The government's negotiations with protesting farm unions hit a roadblock on Friday as the farmer leaders stuck to their demands for a complete repeal of three farm laws they find pro-corporate and a..
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