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Nepal’s Finance Minister warns Prez for not interfering in guv’s affairs

KATHMANDU: Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun has said that government will introduce full budget despite confrontation from opposition parties and President’s reluctance to endorse the upcoming budget ordinance

Speaking at a program organized by the Reporters Club Nepal on Tuesday, Minister Pun said that opposition parties have different duties including opposing the government and claimed that it was the government’s duty and responsibility to introduce budget.
Asserting that a full scale budget will be introduced through regular procedures, the Minister expressed confidence that the opposition will not intensify confrontation over the budget row.

He informed that the budget will be brought through ordinance and accused opposition parties of dragging the President into controversy over the budget row.

” The President’s duty is to endorse the cabinet’s decision. He cannot perform tasks which political parties have failed to do,” said that minister stating that the ‘as a guardian, the President won’t commit any mistakes.”

He warned that the consequences will be grave if the President took over active role, as done by the former King Gyanendra.

Pun stressed on the need to forge political consensus among parties and said that external forces cannot influence parties’s decision if they remained united.

Published Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 | 04:48 AM

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