April 2, 2021
Supreme Court has scrapped the review petition filed by Maoist (Centre) against the March 7 decision of NCP split into Maoist(Centre) and CPN(UML).
The Maoist Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ had filed the review petition saying the split verdict had never been their demand and were in favour of a single party i.e NCP.
But on Thursday, a full bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana, rejected it.
The rejection came just as Oli initiated action against two leaders of his party—Ghanashyam Bhusal and Surendra Pandey, even from the post of general members for six months.
Earlier on March 29 Oli had suspended Madhav Nepal and Bhim Rawal for six months.
“We had already fears about today’s verdict against the review petition, but it was our duty to register that we are not satisfied with the March 7 decision of the supreme court,” revealed Narayan Kaji Shrestha, spokesperson for the Maoist Centre.
Politics took a new turn. The court decision’s immediate effect was seen in the Dahal-Nepal alliance.
Leaders favouring unity were shattered with the decision.
One option that Dahal had was withdrawing the support his Maoist Centre had lent Oli in February 2018 and put the government on a shaky ground.
While Oli has faced criticism for not stepping down even after the court overturned his house dissolution move.
Meanwhile, the Maoist Centre too has been cahrged for not withdrawing its support.
However, Prachanda had slim hope that if the court overturned the March 7 decision, reinstating the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) they could push Oli into a corner with the Nepal group’s backing.
However, leaders close to both Prachanda and Madhav Kumar Nepal believe that thursday’s verdict to reject the review petition is the continuation of March 7 decision.