Dahal concerned about budget fallout

Kathmandu, May 30

Chairman of CPN Maoist Centre Pushpa Kamal Dahal today expressed his reservations against the budget to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, claiming that it has failed to incorporate issues raised by the nine-point deal inked with CPN-UML.

Dahal expressed dissatisfaction over the budget presented by the finance minister at the Parliament on Saturday during his meeting with the PM in Baluwatar this morning.

The PM’s Press Adviser Pramod Dahal said CPN-MC chairman expressed his dissatisfaction over the budget allocations but both the leaders agreed to face the opposition in the parliament in a united manner and pass the budget.

He said since the main opposition party had come up strongly against the budget, the two leaders decided to face the protest together.

He added that the meeting focused on contemporary political developments and the budget.

Sources said CPN-MC chairman expressed concern about the ambiguous statement regarding the promise of providing Rs 5 lakhs to the kin of martyrs and disappeared persons.

Dahal also told the PM that the ministers of his party were dissatisfied with the budget, as it did not include their programmes.

He said the budget served middle class people instead of workers and peasants and was not in line with the previous budget.

Yesterday, while addressing the meeting of the CPN-MC parliamentary party, Dahal claimed that the PM had made a gentleman’s agreement with him on

May 5 to hand over power to him after the budget and policy and programmes of the government were presented at the House and help convert the new government into a national consensus government.