Top leaders discuss measures to end parliamentary deadlock


Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and UML Chair KP Sharma Oli.

Kathmandu, May 18: Top leaders of different political parties held a discussion on how they could sort out problems that are obstructing parliament.     

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' held meetings with the leaders including the President of the major opposition Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba, this morning.     

PM Prachanda is scheduled to hold separate meetings with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Devraj Ghimire, and Chairman of UML, KP Sharma Oli, among others this afternoon.     

Following the meeting between PM Prachanda and NC President Deuba, NC Chief Whip Ramesh Lekhak, informed that PM Prachanda was positive to sort out problems and forge consensus so that the parliamentary impasse could be cleared.     

As the constitutionally stipulated date of Jestha 15 (May 28), the deadline to present the annual budget is approaching, and the political parties representing in the parliament are under pressure to pass the government policies and programmes and prepare for the budget announcement for the next fiscal year.     

The major opposition Nepali Congress has been obstructing both Houses of federal parliament, demanding a parliamentary probe committee on the embezzlement of cooperatives' funds. 

The next meeting of the House of Representatives is scheduled for May 19.     

The House of Representatives is yet to extend thanks to President Ram Chandra Paudel for presenting government policies and programmes. (RSS)

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