In a way the uncharacteristically scathing statement made by Nepal’s key donors was a dreadful reminder of how the unending political uncertainty was exacting a toll on the country’s economy and development.
In a clear sign of growing impatience among Nepal’s development partners, the statement was aimed at shaking the leaders who appear almost blithe toward the economic plight.
For over four months the development partners had watched, with trepidations, how the debate on the need to timely bring the budget was trampled under political considerations.
And when it was finally about to come, the drama that erupted in the House served as the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Alarmed by the unfolding events, the donors responded with a serious warning.
"The slow pace in implementing the peace process combined with the continued care-taker status of the government, lack of development leadership significantly reduces most donors' ability to secure future resources for Nepal," their statement read.
They have even warned that Nepal's unstable political situation makes it increasingly difficult for them to justify why Nepal should receive support in a world where there are many competing demands for limited development resources.
Even if they want, the politicians will not be able to wish away the warning from the donors.
A quick look at the budget figures this year is enough to bury doubts, if any.
Of the total outlay of nearly Rs 338 billion, the government projects to finance only Rs 216 through revenue. The rest will have to be collected mainly as foreign loans or grants.
The budget expects to get Rs 65 billion in foreign grants and additional Rs 22 billion in foreign loans.
Their warning, if not paid heed to properly, could upset the budget projections substantially.
The part that could suffer the most, if the donors actually cut their aid amid worsening political instability, will be the development.
Since the government will not be in a position to cut financing the regular expenditures, any shortage of funding will hit the development expenditures.