UML says it’s in no rush to counter ruling parties’ impeachment motion against Rana

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The main opposition party CPN-UML, which on Sunday said it would make a counter-move against the impeachment motion by three ruling parties against Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana, changed its tune on Monday saying that he would not make any decisions in haste and that he would devise a strategy with caution.

“We have entrusted our leaders with the task of taking the necessary decisions to counter the impeachment motion of the ruling parties against Rana,” UML chief whip Bishal Bhattarai said after the parliamentary party meeting.

Three ruling parties – the Nepali Congress, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist (centre) and the CPN (Unified Socialist) – tabled an impeachment motion against Rana on Sunday morning with the signatures of 98 MPs.

Speculation was rife that the UML, in a countermeasure, might file impeachment petitions against at least four judges who were part of the Constitutional Court headed by Rana who on July 12 last year ousted Oli from office while restoring the Chamber dissolved by him.

At Monday’s UML meeting, however, opinions were split on whether to propose impeachment motions against other judges or drop the idea for now and devise other strategies. . The UML is of the opinion that the impeachment petition against Rana was filed to sabotage the upcoming local elections announced for May 13.

All of the UML’s lawmakers, however, already provided their signatures to the leadership on Monday so that the party can introduce one or more impeachment motions if needed.

“We have given our signatures so that the rulers can use it whenever necessary,” said Sher Bahadur Tamang, a lawmaker. He did not specify the purpose of the signatures.

“We cannot be irresponsible like the ruling parties and therefore we will take the appropriate decisions at the appropriate times,” said lawmaker Tamang, quoting Oli.

Oli, according to Bhattarai, said the impeachment was essentially introduced with the intention of delaying local elections, endorsing the MCC pact and permanently attacking democracy by weakening the judiciary.

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