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UDMF boycotts parliament meeting

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KATHMANDU — Lawmakers from the United Democratic Madeshi Front (UDMF) on Friday left the Parliament expressing their dissatisfaction over the government’s inability to address their demands.

Seeking time at the beginning in the Legislature-Parliament meeting today, lawmaker Ashok Rai, on behalf of the United Alliance, announced that the parties in the alliance have boycotted the meeting.

Rai blamed the government for not paying attention towards demands raised by the UDMF.

Rai demanded that the constitution should be re-written as instead of implementing it as it was more discriminatory compared to the Interim Constitution, adding that the second leg of the protest movement to get the outstanding demands fulfilled has already been started which would be expanded nationwide.

He also accused the government for not paying attention to the alliance’s demands as declaring the people who lost their lives to the Madhes movement as martyrs, providing medical treatment to the injured and withdrawing the ‘trumped up’ cases against the party leaders and cadres, he said the government was also not willing to seeking an outlet through meaningful talks.

Rai said that the reconstruction works in the earthquake-affected places was not satisfactory and corruption has proliferated.

Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel had tabled a proposal at Thursday’s meeting of the Parliament requesting discussions on the principles and priorities of new budget.

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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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