CPN-Maoist Centre may block budget

Kathmandu, June 30

All lawmakers of the CPN-Maoist Centre have backed party leader Janardan Sharma’s proposal to block the budget until the nine-point agreement the party signed with the CPN-UML is implemented.

During an informal meeting of the CPN-MC parliamentary party yesterday, Sharma said the government had not yet decided the amount to be provided to the martyrs’ families; it had not taken any decision regarding the transaction of land during the conflict period; the government was yet to increase the allowance meant for injured and disabled people; appointments to political and constitutional bodies were not made according to the spirit of the coalition culture; and the remaining work of peace process had not gained momentum.

CPN-MC, which is the major coalition partner of CPN-UML-led government, has been expressing concern about the non-implementation of the agreement signed on May 5 so as to save KP Sharma Oli-led government.

In a written proposal, Sharma has urged party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to endorse the budget only after all the nine points of the agreement were implemented.

Addressing a function in Nepalgunj, Dahal said arrogant political leadership had hit efforts to forge national consensus on contentious issues. Senior leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the proposal had not reached the central party office.

Former deputy prime minister Shrestha said the party should also make necessary efforts to ensure the implementation of the agreement.

He said the CPN-MC would hold talks with leadership of the ruling CPN-UML after its meeting at the party headquarters tomorrow.

Another leader, Mani Thapa, said it was true that CPN-MC is unhappy with the government for non-implementation of the nine-point agreement but the proposal had not yet reached the central party office.

UML secretary Prithvi Subba Gurung said such activities would only contribute to political instability.