The lawmakers in the National Assembly, the upper house of the Federal Parliament, have urged the top leaders of political parties to think about the nation rather than engage in trading accusations between the ruling and the opposition sides.
They also suggested to the government that the budget for the next fiscal year should be focused on building a self-reliant economy. They said investment should be increased in agriculture and tourism among other sectors in order to buid a strong economy.
Taking part in the deliberations on the principles and priorities of the Appropriation Bill for the Fiscal Year 2022/23 in the Upper House today, they called on the party leadership to focus on the overall development of the country including its economic advancement.
Taking time from the Speaker in the third session of the House today, Jitendra Narayan Dev of the Nepali Congress urged the leaders of the political parties to keep the nation first and prioritize the economy instead of exchanging accusations and counter-accusation. He called on the opposition party to give constructive suggestions in this regard. The national consensus is necessary for national development and to build a robust national economy, he said.
Narayan Kaji Shrestha of the CPN (Maoist Center) urged the political parties for self-reflection and moving ahead together for the economic development of the country by correcting any shortcomings. Shrestha said that the local units should take forward with a development model by linking development with production and employment creation.
The former Foreign Affairs Minister cautioned against making the national policy, diplomacy, and nationality the means of fulfilling the political interest of a particular party. He also stressed that the budget for the next fiscal year should prioritize effective corruption control measures.