Maoists walk out, budget discussion at House halted

KATHMANDU: Arguing that the annual budget presented for the Fiscal Year 2015/16 was 'incomplete', the main opposition party UCPN-Maoist walked out of the Parliament meeting today.

Following the move, Speaker Subas Chandra Nembang informed the House that the meeting could not take place after boycott by the main opposition and halted the discussion.

He has called the next meeting for 1 pm on Tuesday.

As the discussion began after Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat tabled a proposal for theoretical discussions over the Appropriation Bill, the Maoist Chief Whip Giriraj Mani Pokharel accused the government of missing the peace process in the budget.

Claiming that the budget was prepared ignoring people's suggestions from the district level, he informed that his party could not take part in the discussion unless the government assures to address its demands.

Earlier, taking part in the discussion, CPN-UML lawmakers including Rajendra Pandey, Karna Bahadur Thapa, Bikas Lamsal and Ramhari Subedi had argued that the budget was imbalanced and failed to address needs of the nation in the aftermath of the devastating April 25 earthquake.

(With inputs from the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)