Kathmandu, June. 24:
CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal Sunday said the new budget of the fiscal year 2069/070 could be introduced only after all political parties reached a consensus.
He said that Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai should vacate Baluwatar at the earliest to create an environment of political consensus.
During a meeting with the team of the Nepal Chamber of Commerce led by its chairman Suresh Kumar Basnet, former PM Khanal said that his party would not accept a full budget introduced by the caretaker government.
He told the business community that the budget should be introduced by forging national consensus and the business sector had a big role in bringing the political parties together.
"The private sector will have a great role to implement the budget" he said.
The chamber delegation urged Khanal to bring the full budget for the new fiscal year.
After the meeting, chamber chairman Basnet said they stressed full budget to move forward the development and the economic activities.
Meanwhile in Damak, Nepali Congress general secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula Sunday said that the Constituent Assembly election announced by the government could not be held at any cost.
Talking with the party cadres in Birtamod, Jhapa, Sitaula said that even UCPN-Maoist was not in favour of holding the elections.
Accusing the UCPN-Maoist and the Madhesi Front of dissolving the Constituent Assembly with an ill intention of lengthening their stay in power, Sitaula claimed that the announcement of the election was only a drama staged by the ruling parties.
He also said that the present government had no constitutional and legal authority to hold the elections.
Stating that there was no alternative to consensus among the parties to resolve the current deadlock, Sitaula urged the political parties to be more serious about the country and the people than the parties and the vote banks.
Meanwhile, UCPN-Maoist politburo member and former Minister Bhim Prasad Gautam said that the solution to the current complicated political situation should be sought through consensus.
Handing over cash help to the Federation of Nepali Journalist Kaski for it’s under construction office in Pokhara, Gautam revealed that the parties were exercising to form a government led by Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala.
He also urged the parties to be aware about the regressive forces which were trying to cash in on the split in the UCPN-Maoist.
Gautam handed over Rs. 50,000 to FNJ Kaski chairman Badri Binod Prateek.