House suspends rules to endorse pending budget bills

KATHMANDU: The Parliament on Thursday suspended six provisions of the Parliamentary Regulations in order to endorse three pending budget bills from the ongoing session of the House.

The House had required to suspend the rules as the bills were already rejected by the same session of House earlier.

The Parliament on July 22 had rejected the Finance Bill, the Bill to Raise Domestic Debt and the Loan and Guarantee Bill, with majority votes, as the Nepali Congress and the CPN Maoist Centre had voted against the vital bills.

The parties had voted against the bills as the then CPN-UML-led government had been thrown into the minority, though the Appropriation Bill was already passed by the House before the CPN MC had withdrawn support extended to the government led by UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.

But, the Cabinet meeting held today had decided to table the bills for approval at the House.

UML unhappy

Meanwhile, the main opposition CPN-UML objected to decisions of the government and the House to suspend the rules to endorse the same old bills, which were rejected by the House earlier.

Taking part in the discussion after Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara tabled the bills for discussion, UML lawmaker Rabindra Adhikari said the decisions violated universal Parliamentary norms and values.

Likewise, Oli's Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel said the government's decision to suspend the rules was wrong.

He, however, said the decision to table the same bills prepared while he was the Finance Minister corrected the mistake committed by the existing ruling parties while they rejected the budget bills in July.

Another Minister of the Oli government, Agni Prasad Kharel, said the suspension of rules was a shameful act as the rules were suspended only in the consensus of major political forces in the past.

UML lawmaker Krishna Bhakta Pokharel and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal lawmaker Bikram Bahadur Thapa among others had also protested the suspension of rules.

Earlier, lawmakers of UML and the RPP-N among others had voted against the proposal put forward by CPN Maoist Centre Chief Whip Tek Bahadur Basnet to suspend the rules.

Nepal Workers and Peasants Party lawmakers Prem Suwal and Dilli Prasad Kafle had extended suggestions to the government to include in the bills.