Kathmandu: Lawmakers of the main opposition party CPN-UML on Friday boycotted the meeting of the National Assembly over presence of Finance Minister Janardan Sharma in the meeting.
An agenda was set where Finance Minister Sharma was to present the proposal for clause-wise discussion on ‘Finance Bill-2079’ at the NA. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives.
The CPN-UML has been demanding the formation of a probe committee, blaming the Finance Minister for altering tax rates in collusion with an unauthorized person a day before presenting the budget in the parliament.
At the beginning of the meeting, UML lawmaker Bhairab Sundar Shrestha said they would continue the protest until a fair investigation is started into the case. He shared that they boycotted the meeting as the Parliamentary Party meeting decided to snub the meeting until demand is addressed.
With this, the UML lawmakers exited the meeting, citing they would not participate in the discussion on the issue related to Finance Bill.
Meanwhile, National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Prasad Timilsina forwarded the agenda ahead amidst the UML’s boycott.
The meeting passed the proposal for clause-wise discussion on the Finance Bill-2079 at the Upper House presented by Finance Minister Sharma with a majority.