KATHMANDU – Prime Minister KP Sharma has ruled out the possibility of stepping down from his post.
In an interview to Himalaya Television on Sunday, Prime Minister Oli said that he would not tender his resignation just because rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Madhav Kumar Nepal faction is demanding to do so.
He also said that he would rather face the voting in the parliament.
“What morality? Did I lose the majority? How was that attack on the constitution? Did the Supreme Court ask me to quit?” he countered when asked about the pressure to step down from the post of Prime Minister in moral ground.
“If I resign, it would be like the Supreme Court’s verdict led to stability,” he said.
Stating that he would seek a vote of confidence in the parliament, he challenged the Prachanda-Nepal faction to defeat him.
“I am not going to write a resignation letter. The situation is not like that. I can choose other paths. If needed, I can seek a vote of confidence in the parliament. I should be defeated there [to vote me out],” he said.
The statement of the Prime Minister dismissing calls for resignation comes in the wake of growing pressure from the rival faction of the NCP led by Prachanda- Nepal faction, main opposition Nepali Congress as well as other political parties and civil society groups to step down on moral grounds after the Supreme Court recently ruled his decision to dissolve the Lower House unconstitutional.
Earlier on February 23, the Supreme Court overturned the government’s decision of December 20 last year to dissolve the House.