UML moves SC against Speaker and Election Commission

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CPN-UML has moved the Supreme Court (SC) against Speaker Agni Sapkota for not implementing the party’s decision to expel 14 House of Representatives (HoR) members and the Election Commission for including those lawmakers in the newly formed party.

The petition filed on behalf of UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has demanded revocation of the decision or letter of the speaker and the Election Commission.
Communication Expert with the SC Kishore Paudel told Setopati that the petition demands the decision by the defendants to not implement the decision of expelling the 14 lawmakers be revoked through a certiorari order.

Speaker Sapkota had sent a letter to the Election Commission informing that UML has 121 HoR members and 33 National Assembly members despite the party writing to him about expulsion of 14 HoR members.

UML had expelled 14 HoR members of the Khanal-Nepal faction including Madhav Kumar Nepal on August 17 accusing them of trying to split the party. The faction subsequently applied for registration of a new party the next day with the Election Commission.

The lawmakers expelled from the House included Nepal, Jeevan Ram Shrestha, Mukunda Neupane, Ram Kumari Jhakri, Kalyani Khadka, Laxmi Kumari Chaudhary, Nira Devi Jairu, Pushpa Kumari Karna, Sarala Yadav, Kalila Khatun, Birodh Khatiwada, Krishna Lal Maharjan, Bhawani Khapung and Met Mani Chaudhary.

UML lawmakers then put pressure on Sapkota to implement the decision by issuing notice about their expulsion but to no avail even as Nepal and other expelled lawmakers registered a new party in accordance to the ordinance