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NC disrupts house demanding probe into leaking budget

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party Nepali Congress on Monday obstructed four sequential meetings of the Legislature Parliament, demanding probe into leaking facts and figures of budget to media before the fiscal budget was presented in the House .

The main opposition party has also demanded Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel’s resignation on good grounds as information about the size of the budget and its priorities was disseminated a day before the budget was presented to Parliament.

The government on Saturday presented a Rs1048.92 billion budget, surpassing the Rs 909 billion ceiling set by the National Planning Commission.

Efforts of Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar to forge consensus between the ruling parties and the main opposition party fizzled, as the CPN-UML declined any probe into the holes.

When the Speaker started the meeting, the NC leaders demanded special time to speak. After the Speaker provided time to NC leader and former finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat to speak, he showed the newspaper that published the facts and figures of the budget before it was presented in the Parliament.

Mahat said that the budget broke the ceiling set by the National Planning Commission. This would invite financial disorder as the projects were proposed without research.

He said the Parliament had the prerogative of knowing the budget first and the leaks damaged the established norms and values of the parliamentary system.

Another NC leader and former finance minister Mahesh Acharya said during the third meeting, “All parties should be serious about the leaks, as it may cause serious consequence even in future. All parties should help maintain the dignity of the Parliament.”

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Government not serious in resolving Nirmala Panta’s case: Gagan Thapa

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR— Nepali Congress youth leader and lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa has alleged that the government was not serious about finding the perpetrators of the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta, a 13-year-old girl from Bhimduttanagar Municipality-2, Kanchanpur.

Leader Thapa was speaking in a meeting with the party workers at the Nepali Congress party district office here this morning. He said people’s trust towards the government was waning due to its nonchalance in providing justice in the Nirmala Panta’s case.

He also accused the government of not working as per the people’s aspiration despite the formation of a stable government after a long wait.

After the meeting with the party workers, Thapa met with Nirmala’s parents who are staging a sit-in in front of the District Administration Office for last two weeks demanding justice.

“Please, take care of your health. I will relay your message to the Prime Minister and the president of the Nepali Congress, the main opposition party in parliament,” he assured Nirmala’s grieving parents.

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