Opposition knock on Prez ‘s door to knock out budget ordinance

KATHMANDU: At a time the government is striving to bring a full-shape budget, twenty-six opposition parties, on Wednesday, drew the attention of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav that the present government could not bring full budget, reasoning the government was already relieved and caretaker one.

The representatives of the 26 parties, including the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, reached the President’s Office, Shitalniwas and submitted a letter to the President, drawing his attention towards the budget.

The President was told that the broader political consensus was a must to bring budget through the ordinance.

After submitting the memorandum, UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal said they informed the President that the caretaker government could not bring budget without building national consensus.

The government could bring partial budget to continue last year’s programmes, but it too needs agreement, he said, adding that even the President is concerned over present politics and budget. If the budget is brought on consensus, none would object it, he added.

Similarly, Nepali Congress leader and former finance minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat said full-shape budget was impossible without national consensus. It was unconstitutional to say that budget would be brought, he added.

Leader Mahat further said there was no precedent that the caretaker government brought full-fledged budget.

The memorandum has been signed by Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, UML Chairman Khanal, Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Pashupati Shumser Rana, CPN-ML’s general secretary CP Mainali, Co-Chairman of the Rastriya Janashakti Party, Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani and others.

Yesterday, too, the opposition parties had urged the President not to nod the ordinance on budget. RSS

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