UCPN(Maoist) seeks opposition’s support for budget ordinance
Sagar Ghimire, KATHMANDU:
Former Ministers of Finance have advised the UCPN (Maoist) and the government to bring the budget ordinance only after the consensus with the opposition parties.
A meeting held at residence of Maoist Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ in Lazimpat on Sunday morning, ex-finance ministers, mainly from the opposition parties, have urged Prachanda to forge the political consensus before introducing the budget.
Prachanda sought the ex-ministers’ support on government’s effort in bringing the budget claiming that country would plunge into economic crisis if budget isn’t brought in time. He also said that the opposition’s program would also be included in the full-fledged budget. However, Ex Ministers Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, Surendra Panday and former Governor Tilak Rawal rejected Prachanda’s offer.
“We advised Prachanda to forge political consensus first and we reiterated our stance that we wouldn’t accept the budget that comes without political consensus,” Dr Mahat said emerging out from the meeting. He added, “I found Prachanda positive towards forging consensus unlike what is told outside that ruling parties are adamant on bringing budget ordinance.”
Finance Minister Barshaman Pun ‘Ananta’ said that the meeting went positive and he is hopeful of getting support from the opposition parties to unveil budget.
Prachanda, Prime Minister Dr Babu Ram Bhattarai, Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun ‘Ananta’, Vice Chairperson of National Planning Commission Dipendra Bahadur Chhetri, Former Finance Ministers Dr Mahat, Panday, former governor Rawal were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, main ruling party Maoist is set to hold a meeting of the top guns of the opposition parties to seek their nod on the budget issue along with consensus on other contentious issues.
The parleys has come on the wake of opposition parties’ announcement of a month long protest program, ruling parties adamant on unveiling the budget through ordinance and President’s open lobby to build consensus for budget and going for fresh polls.