KATHMANDU: Nepal’s embattled PM K P Sharma Oli on Sunday challenged the ruling Nepal Communist Party’ssplinter faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda to remove him from the top post if he can.
Oli challenged the Prachanda-led faction to table a vote of no confidence motion and endorse that, My Republica paper reported. “K P Oli is still the parliamentary party leader of NCP. He is the party chairman as well as the PM,” Oli said. “If you have restored parliament, remove KP Oli from the prime ministerial post.” Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House and announced fresh elections on April 30 and May 10 at the recommendation of Oli.
A court last week annulled the Oli government’s “unconstitutional” decision and ordered the government to summon the House session within the next 13 days. “Remove me if you can. If I am ousted, I’ll emerge victorious with a two-thirds majority in the next election,” Oli said.