not to intervene in NSP case :EC urges SC
The Election Commission (EC) on Monday told the Supreme Court that the closed list of the Anandi Devi-led Nepal Sadbhavana Party (Anandi Devi) was rejected because a closed list was already registered in the EC with the same name.
“All the election-related programmes have been stopped after the submission of the names and lists of parties,” a written explanation submitted by secretary of the EC Sushil Janga Bahadur Rana stated.The Election Commission was responding to a show cause notice issued by the SC in response to a writ petition filed by treasurer of the NSP (Anandi Devi) Tej Kanta Jha. Claiming that the NSP led by Anandi Devi is the official NSP (Anandi Devi), the petitioner had moved the apex court demanding that the Shyam Sundar Gupta-led NSP not be recognised as the authentic NSP (Anandi Devi).
The EC urged the apex court not to intervene in the issue because the closed list submitted by the Anandi Devi led-NSP was rejected in accordance with the election law. Jha had registered the petition demanding the apex court’s direction to the EC, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Cabinet.
Claiming that the PMO was made the defendant in Jha’s writ petition without anyreason, the PMO, submitting a separate explanation to the court, also demanded that the petition be scrapped.