By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- Now that the federal House of Representatives is restored, thanks or no thanks to the final verdict of the Supreme Court, questions are being raised as to what made the apex court reach to a verdict that toppled the government’s decision to dissolve the parliament.
When Nepal embraced the current constitution in 2015, many of its ideals were taken from the Westminster style of the parliamentary system, where the Prime Minister is the most powerful among all stakeholders.
But in reality, the constitution did not grant those inherent powers to the Prime Minister of Nepal. The Supreme Court easily measured this weakness of the constitution and delivered an easy verdict in the House dissolution case.
In a Westminster system, a Prime Minister is accountable to people and not to the parliament, if one between them has to be chosen. A Prime Minister has the right to hold a fresh election if s/he wishes to do so. As Nepal’s current constitution failed to enshrine this basic right of a Prime Minister, it was obvious that the Supreme Court would deliver a blow to the executive head.
In Nepal, the Prime Minister is now not even the “all-powerful” executive head, as s/he has to share power also with the parliament.
As for PM KP Sharma Oli, he was right in his attempt to curb the growing threats of communists and far-left groups and was in a bid to polarize between nationalist forces who are in the center and right side of the politics.
In communism, what happens in most of the cases is that 80 percent of the resources are captured by its own communist leaders, while only 20 percent of the resources reach to the real people.
With the Supreme Court’s verdict, a path for a political course correction has begun and it should also pave way for curtailing the growing influence of communists and China in Nepal. And it does not and should not mean that Nepal should bow to India.
Nepal always has threat to its sovereignty and freedom from its two immediate neighbors China and India. Nepal knew this truth for centuries and officially recognized this fact 200 years ago when it signed a treaty of peace and friendship with Britain in 1816 and later with the United States.
Nepal and Britain as equal friends fought the first and second world wars under the leadership of the United States. Nepal supplied its Gurkha troops to tame the enemies and restore peace in the world. As a result of Nepal’s global role, Nepal maintains very good relationships with Britain, European countries including Germany and France, and the US.
With the Supreme Court’s verdict, a parliamentary session will begin in less than two weeks and the process of forming a new government will also begin. Regardless of who becomes the new prime minister, what still matters the most is Nepal’s sovereignty, nationalism, and freedom.
Any political leader, who is gutsy enough to defend Nepal’s international borders, keep China and India in size and work towards the progress and welfare of the Nepalese people will be welcomed and appreciated.
And as for any new government in a democratic country including Nepal, it has to be by the people, for the people, and of the people, if it is to be quoted from the 16th President of the United States, Mr. Abraham Lincoln.
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