Nepal Maoists vow to prevent passage of budget
Nepal`s main opposition Maoist party on Tuesday vowed to prevent the passage of the budget in Parliament in a bid to force the embattled prime minister to quit so that it could form an alliance government.
Kathmandu: Nepal`s main opposition Maoist
party on Tuesday vowed to prevent the passage of the budget in
Parliament in a bid to force the embattled prime minister to
quit so that it could form an alliance government.
We would obstruct the Parliament and not allow the
budget to be passed, Dinanath Sharma, the UCPN-Maoist
spokesman, told PTI.
He said the government cannot make major decisions
like announcing the budget for the new fiscal year as the
alliance is illegitimate.
There is growing concern that the failure to pass the
budget could plunge Nepal into a dire financial crisis,
including disrupting the functioning of the state machinery.
UCPN-Maoist, the single largest party with nearly 40
per cent of the parliamentary seats in the 601-member House,
has claimed the right to lead a national coalition to rescue
the peace process and frame a new constitution.
The Maoists are demanding the resignation of Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal as per a deal between the three
major parties while extending the term of the Constituent
Assembly by one year on May 28.
The Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, the two largest
parties in the ruling 22-party coalition, have asked the Prime
Minister not to resign unless the Maoists agree to a six-point
agenda, including the peaceful integration of the former PLA
combatants with the army and the dissolution of the
paramilitary structure of the Young Communist League, the
youth wing of the former rebels.
The ruling alliance has also reiterated that the
Maoist cannot head a government unless they convert the party
into a civilian organisation and return the properties seized
during the decade-long insurgency which ended in 2006.
Maoist leader Sharma argued that the fiscal year ends
on July 16 and the government would be unable to function if
the next budget is not presented by then.
Instead of stepping down for the sake of a national
consensus, the government has chosen the path of confrontation
by announcing the budget session, Sharma said.
We have not been consulted before the announcement of
the date for the budget session, he underlined.
President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday announced the new
Parliament session to discuss the budget for the next fiscal
year from July 5.
Political tensions had been high in Nepal since a
government led by the Maoists resigned last year amid a
dispute with the President over the reinstatement of former
army chief Rukmangad Katawal, who was dismissed by the
Prachanda-led government last May.