UDMF boycotts pre-budget discussion

KATHMANDU: Pre-budget discussion for the next fiscal year began at the Parliament on Friday.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the government's failure to address the demands, lawmakers of the United Democratic Madeshi Front (UDMF) walked out of the Parliament.

Speaking at the meeting, Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal senior leader Ashok Rai accused the government of not paying attention towards demands raised by the UDMF.

He also criticised the government for not expediting post-quake reconstruction works.

Pre-budget discussion is underway in the House, though the UDMF walked out of the  meeting.

The Parliament is holding discussions on the principles and priorities of new budget.

Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel had tabled a proposal at Thursday’s meeting of the Parliament requesting discussions on the principles and priorities of new budget.

During the Friday meeting, CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal said that the government led by his party had failed to hold the local body elections.

He drew attention of the government for constructing a new Parliament building and development of infrastructures.

Nepal stressed giving priority to road construction, electricity generation and communication.