UML forms talks team to negotiate budgetary issues with NC
KATHMANDU: The CPN-UML, the coalition partner in the incumbent government, has formed a three-member talks team to negotiate budgetary issues with the Nepali Congress.
The committee was formed by a standing committee meeting of the party held at the Parliamentary Party Office in Singha Durbar on Thursday.
Former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey, Bishnu Paudel and Agni Kharel are in the committee.
The committee has decided to draw attention of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat regarding the budgetary issues.
The meeting has expressed serious dissatisfaction over the new budget stating that some good policies and programmes brought by the party in the past were removed from the budget.
Emerging from the meeting, Publicity Department Chief, Yogesh Bhattarai claimed that his party would not vote in support of the budget in the Parliament if the Finance Minister did not correct the budgetary programmes.
UML leaders have been objecting the fiscal budgetary programmes, stating that the NC-led government had undervalued and excluded the names of its renowned leaders including Madan Bhandari, Pushpa Lal Shrestha and Man Mohan Adhikari, from social reforms.
The leaders have also been saying that the budget was brought unilaterally by ignoring the UML.
Meanwhile, the meeting said that the constitution drafting process would move ahead as per the 16-point agreement.