Kathmandu: With the swearing in of the newly elected President Ramchandra Paudel, the outgoing President Bidya Devi Bhandari is returning home on Monday after completing her term. Although she was not without controversy, she completed two consecutive terms as the President of the Republic of Nepal.
Her decisions and lifestyle were heavily criticized. Attempts were also made to defame the Republic by targeting President Bhandari’s behavior. Especially, her infatuation with CPN (UML) was criticized more.
President Bhandari’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives was declared unconstitutional twice by the Supreme Court. Similarly, according to Article 76 section (5) of the Constitution of Nepal, the Supreme Court had to issue a decree to appoint the Prime Minister.
Even after President Bhandari sent the bill back to the House of Representatives for re-passing and sending it, she failed to issue it within the time limit set by the constitution. Even when Chairman of CPN (UML) Khadga Prasad Oli (KP Sharma Oli) was the Prime Minister and when he was not, there was a different treatment regarding the ordinance itself.