Oli “ready” to withdraw controversial ordinances

KATHMANDU, April 23: Following the pressure from party and oppositions, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has become ready to withdraw the controversial ordinances related to Political Parties and Constitutional Council.

“The prime minister had no alternatives but to take a step back. He is ready to drop the ordinances,” Nepal Communist Party senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal told Reporters’ Club.

The ordinance related to political parties seek an amendment to the Political Parties Act which paves way for a party to split with 40 percent support from either party central committee or parliamentary party while the second one allows the Council to convene of meeting without the presence of the opposition leaders. The approval from the President Bidya Devi Bhandari had arrived at the Secretariat meeting which was urging the prime minister to withdraw the ordinances.

Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal had reached Baluwatar today morning and advised the PM to withdraw the ordinances and save the party from possible disaster.

“The prime minister seems positive” added Khanal.