BIRENDRANAGAR: CPN-UML general secretary Ishwor Pokharel said on Friday that the current year's budget should be passed with a majority in the House or through ordinance.

Talking to reporters in Birendranagar, Surkhet, Pokharel said that the UCPN-Maoist is using the budget as their main weapon to seize power. He added that the Maoists are to be blamed for the economic crisis due to the delay in passing the budget. Pokharel was in Surkhet enroute to Kalikot for his party's district level convention.