Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari initiates govt formation, gives 3 days time to parties to stake claim
The Office of the President, in a statement on Monday, said President Bhandari has decided to invite parties to form a majority government pursuant to Article 76 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal.
The Central Working Committee of the Nepali Congress decided to take initiative to form a new government under its leadership, according to party's senior leader Prakash Man Singh.
Prachanda has been making efforts to garner support from the opposition Nepali Congress and Janata Samajbadi parties in an apparent bid to oust K P Sharma Oli from power.
The court termed the dissolution of the House as "unconstitutional" and ordered the government to summon the House session within the next 13 days.
The demonstration mobilization committee led by Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha will announce the second phase of protest programs amid a press meeting.
Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after Oli, known for his pro-Beijing leanings, in a surprise move, recommended dissolving the 275-member House.
The ruling Nepal Communist Party was a post-poll marriage of convenience of their individual parties for power in 2018.
The meeting at Prachanda's residence in Khumaltar - which lasted for about 30 minutes - dwelt on the contemporary political situation after the NCP split, My Republica newspaper reported.
He also pledged to provide additional assistance to the Nepali Army in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement issued by the Nepal Army.
The Chinese defence minister is leading a 21-member delegation.
The prime minister said the agreement signed by Nepal and China for the assistance to railway connectivity is an important document of his visit.
Modi was speaking during a joint press meet after holding talks with Oli, who said that Nepal wanted to create a strong relationship based on mutual trust.
Indian PM Modi, Nepal counterpart K P Sharma Oli jointly inaugurate Janakpur-Ayodhya direct bus service
Modi flagged off the bus after visiting the famed 20th century Janaki temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita, where he offered special prayers.
After the bilateral talks, PM Modi said India will continue to support Nepal as per that country's priorities, adding both sides have agreed to expedite all connectivity projects.