Nepalese opposition parties today vowed to fight the government's attempt to railroad through a budget to address the dire situation of the state coffers.
Finance Secretary Santa Raj Subedi said the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) government wouldn't have enough money to pay salaries to tens of thousands of public servants or run schools and hospitals after November 15.
But opposition parties said the interim government - formed after parliament was dissolved in May and unable to call new elections due to political deadlock - has no legitimacy to set a budget.
Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) central committee member Pradeep Gyawali promised street protests if the government fails to consult them about the budget.
The lack of parliament means that President Ram Baran Yadav has to approve a budget by ordnance, but he's said he'll only approve one if opposition parties agree to it.