UCPN-M against Prez’s speech

KATHMANDU: Unified CPN-Maoist leader, CP Gajurel, said on Saturday that his party would not let President Dr Ram Baran Yadav announce the government’s policies and programmes in Parliament. Speaking at an interaction in the Capital, Gajurel, however, added that the party was positive about alowing the government to present vote on account (peski bidheyak) in the House.

“President Yadav should correct his unconstitutional move before entering Parliament. Or else, we will continue disrupting the House proceedings,” Gajurel reiterated. He also added that his party was ready to be flexible to see off the current political impasse and to end the deadlock in Parliament.

The Maoists have been stalling the House businesses protesting the President Yadav’s decision to retain Chief of Army Staff, Rookmangud Katawal, on May 3. “This is a puppet government backed by foreign forces. It can’t solve the problems plaguing the nation,” Gajurel claimed.

Speaking at the same function, CPN-UML politburo member, Pradeep Gyawali, urged the former rebels not to disrupt parliamentary proceedings since the date to present the upcoming fiscal year’s budget was nearing. “The UCPN-Maoist shouldn’t bar the government from presenting the budget in Parliament as the budget is directly related to the people’s needs,” Gyawali said. He also urged the Maoists not to act in an irresponsible manner.

Central committee member of the NC, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, requested the Maoists to cooperate with the government as a responsible opposition party. “If the Maoists bar the government from presenting its annual policy and programmes and budget in Parliament, they themselves will be criticised at both national and international level,” he added. Upadhyaya also underscored the need of solving problems through dialogue and consensus.