UML, Maoist to jointly face opposition during budget discussion

KATHMANDU: Ruling coalition partners, CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre, on Monday agreed to jointly defend the annual budget announcement presented at the Parliament.

Chiefs of the parties, UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, held a meeting this morning as the Parliament was preparing to begin deliberations on the budget and concluded to move ahead together.

They decided that lawmakers of the ruling parties should encounter criticisms against the budget made by the opposition lawmakers during the deliberations.

Both of them were of the view that the budget announcement brought enthusiasm in the people and they should now focus on its implementation, the Rastriya Samachar Samiti reported.

The RSS quoted PM's press advisor Pramod Dahal as saying that the two top leaders also discussed other contemporary political issues during the meeting.

All three major political parties - UML, Maoist Centre and the main opposition Nepali Congress - on Sunday had held own parliamentary party meetings to prepare strategies for their performance during the parliamentary discussions on the annual fiscal document.

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