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Last Updated: Sun, 18.11.12 12:48

Consensus still eludes parties; 'full budget' unlikely

Major political parties are yet to make headway in talks to bring the budget ordinance even after repeated calls from the Head of State to do so at the earliest.

While the opposition is all set to kick start its agitation, the government is likely to try to avoid the situation in which the President would have to choose to accept or reject a full-fledged budget ordinance. It is, instead, preparing to forward a one-third budget, sources say.

"There has been no headway in talks to end the political crisis," said Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala after a meeting between leaders of major political parties and President Ram Baran Yadav, on Sunday."Only a government of national unity can bring the budget."

Ruling coalition chief and UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal hinted that the government will not bring a full fledged budget if it fails to forge political consensus.

Dahal told mediapersons that he has floated three options to bring the budget and avert an economic crisis in the country. "The government could either bring a budget prepared previously by the National Planning commission or give continuity to programmes presented in the last year fiscal year. If that is not possible we are willing to allow the President to decide what is to be done, in accordance with spirit of the Interim Constitution."

Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) chief and Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar also said the government will not bring a full-fledged budget in the absence of political consensus. Nepalnews.com