The Unified Maoists' Party mouthpiece Janadisha Daily November 20, 2010 writes, "The caretaker government's conspiracy to present the annual budget through deployment of marshals in the parliament has thus been foiled."
The mushrooming Television News Channels November 19, 2010, were conducting interviews-one after another, inviting some self-proclaimed and some real financial experts on the details of the Annual Budget that was scheduled for presentation in the evening as per the agreement between the so-called three-party "syndicate" Maoists-UML-NC.
However, there was widespread suspicion that something inauspicious would take place. And, that is what exactly happened. The ghastly climax of the New Delhi engineered 12 point Republican order in this country.
If the caretaker Finance Minister Surendra Pandey is to be believed entirely then the three-party syndicate had reached some sort of agreement that allowed the government to present the annual budget.
According to the agreement, said Minister Pandey, the government will be allowed to present the budget while the main-opposition, Unified Maoists' Party would just play the role of an active opposition.
On the contrary, to the so-called agreement, Minister Pandey suffered bruises in his neck and his suitcase carrying the Annual Budget ransacked in the attack carried out by the Unified Maoists' Party parliamentarians while he was on his way to present the Budget as per the permission of the Chair of the parliament, Mr. Subash Chandra Nembang.
An entertaining scuffle that it was. Thanks TV channels.
The Maoists' parliamentarians, commented C.P. Mainali after the incident, attacked Minister Pandey while he stood and headed towards the rostrum in a 'Chapamar Saili'— Guerrilla approach and called it the 'Junglee Behaviour' of the Maoists.
"They haven't change from their jungle mindset yet", so said Mainali-a shaky Communist leader.
The caretaker Minister of Energy Dr. Prakash Saran Mahat when he saw that his colleague was being manhandled by the Maoists' Parliamentarians ran to rescue him. In return Mr. Mahat was also manhandled. Yet another uglier scene.
"...but, government preferred to go against the agreement made after talks held in Hattiban Resort, Gokarna Resort and Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction between the three parties", writes Janadisha and adds, "The agreement to present a Special Budget was made during talks but the government preferred to present a full-fledged Budget...the Maoists thus expressed their resentment."
Commenting on the beating incident, Unified Maoists' Party Parliamentarian and senior leader Mr. Dev Gurung says, "While the caretaker government was on its way to make an unconstitutional move, our party defended it slightly." The injury must then be slight. Thanks it was not a full scale fight.
"A caretaker government has no right to present a full Budget using Clause 93 of the Interim Constitution...however, agreement was made to present a Special Budget," he also revealed.
Interestingly, an exhausted Chair of the Constituent Assembly, Mr. Subash Chandra Nembang who was witnessing the "MAR PEET" incident immediately brought the session to an end and set the next meeting for December 2, 2010.
Dr. Man Mohan Bhattarai who was elevated to the rank of a CA member in the vacant post following demise of late party president Girija Prasad Koirala commented talking to the media that the incident was a plot to demean the parliamentary system of democracy and he also criticized Mr. Nembang for not being able to take the situation under control.
The cabinet meeting held right after the incident at the CA building decided to bring the Annual Budget through Presidential Ordinance.
Similarly, the CA member Eknath Dhakal, chairman of the Family Party also criticized the 'Junglee behaviour' of the Maoists' parliamentarians and demanded investigation into the issue.
Mr. Dhakal is a CA member and heads the Universal Peace Federation-Nepal Chapter. The Federation which has its headquarters in New York is involved in spreading Christianity in the country, revealed Nepal National Weekly some issues back.
This is the beginning of the beginning. More Mar Peet expected.