Nepal PM Dahal Aims to Resolve Parliamentary Deadlock Ahead of President's Address

Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal holds crucial talks with Nepali Congress leaders to resolve the parliamentary deadlock ahead of President Ram Chandra Paudel's address. PM Dahal expresses a positive disposition towards the NC's demand for a parliamentary committee to investigate alleged misappropriation of cooperative funds.

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Nepal PM Dahal Aims to Resolve Parliamentary Deadlock Ahead of President's Address

Nepal PM Dahal Aims to Resolve Parliamentary Deadlock Ahead of President's Address

Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, is engaged in crucial consultations with leaders of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), to resolve the ongoing parliamentary deadlock. The talks come ahead of President Ram Chandra Paudel's scheduled address to the federal parliament on May 14, 2024.

Why this matters: The resolution of the parliamentary deadlock is crucial for Nepal's political stability, as it will enable the government to present its policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year. A smooth address by President Paudel will also set a positive tone for the country's legislative proceedings, ensuring that key issues are addressed and progress is made on pressing national concerns.

In a meeting held at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, PM Dahal and NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba discussed various contemporary issues, focusing on ensuring the smooth functioning of the Parliament. The NC has been demanding the formation of a parliamentary committee to investigate the alleged misappropriation of cooperative funds, which implicates Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane.

PM Dahal expressed a positive disposition towards the NC's demand, indicating a potential step towards collaborative action. The NC's parliamentary party meeting, scheduled for Monday, will discuss the issue and decide on a stance. The government has set May 14 as the date for presenting its policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year, and PM Dahal is engaging in dialogues with NC leadership to resolve outstanding issues before the parliamentary session.

In a media briefing on Sunday, PM Dahal stated, "I'm in close consultation with the top leaders of the major opposition Nepali Congress on how the deadlock could be cleared. So, I hope the impasse will end by Monday evening or Tuesday morning." He also mentioned that the Home Minister has agreed in principle to form a committee to address the problems facing cooperative victims.

Regarding GB Rai, accused of misappropriating cooperative funds, PM Dahal clarified that the government is committed to bringing him back to the country for investigation, but there are passport-related issues. He denied allegations that the erstwhile government helped Rai flee the country.

PM Dahal also reflected on the past alliance, which was broken due to disagreements over sharing major posts, including the Presidential post, among major political parties. He emphasized that there is no basis for the Nepali Congress to think negatively of him, and vice versa.

As Nepal navigates through this critical juncture, the outcome of the consultations between PM Dahal and the Nepali Congress leaders will play a pivotal role in determining the course of the country's parliamentary proceedings. The resolution of the deadlock is expected to pave the way for a smooth address by President Paudel on May 14, setting the stage for the government to present its policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year.

Key Takeaways

  • Nepal's PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal holds talks with Nepali Congress leaders to resolve parliamentary deadlock.
  • Resolution crucial for political stability and presenting government policies for the upcoming fiscal year.
  • NC demands parliamentary committee to investigate cooperative fund misappropriation, implicating Deputy PM Lamichhane.
  • PM Dahal expresses positivity towards NC's demand, aiming to resolve issues before May 14 parliamentary session.
  • PM Dahal hopes to end the impasse by Monday evening or Tuesday morning, paving way for President Paudel's address.