KATHMANDU, March 1: CPN-UML Chairman and former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the issue of US-aid Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement was ‘a deliberate misinformation campaign’ launched to topple his government.
Speaking at a program on Tuesday, Oli said that the 'campaign' that was based on wrong intentions unnecessarily ridiculed and divided the Nepali people for almost three years. “The controversy escalated in such a way that it neglected the capacity of the Nepali nation and Nepali self-esteem. It prompted the whole society to express hatred toward the leader who loves the country and dreams of the country’s development and prosperity,” he said. “An unimaginable chasm of mistrust was created among Nepalis through the artificial controversy created by the rumors, and speculations spread for the sake of ulterior motives.”
The UML has stated that with the ratification, the tricks and propaganda carried out with vested interests have come to an end. “The illusions spread in this process and the bundle of disgusting interests in different color and size that some leaders in the coalition parties were trying to sell has exposed their ignorance and irresponsibility on many issues like bilateral or multilateral direct investment, the process of obtaining loan or grant assistance, preparation of proposals and language to be used in such proposals, and the commitments for the implementation of the proposals,” the party said in a statement.
Oli accused that the opportunistic attitude in their words and actions, which seek to fulfill their own petty and personal interests without regard to the national interest, has also exposed the unreliability of the ruling party and its leaders.
“Our party was precluded from participating in the process in both the sessions of the House of Representatives on February 27,” he told media persons. “Such behavior of the ruling coalition has unmasked its conspiratorial conduct to keep the country's main opposition party out of the process. Such a sensitive decision has been taken in the midst of obstructions in the parliament by keeping the largest party, the CPN (UML), in the well of the House.”
According to Oli, the behavior of the Speaker, who ignored the obstruction of the honorable members of parliament, is even more objectionable. “The speaker, who was behaving unfavorably to table the business that the government had given to the House, said that he would commit suicide if he had to table the proposal on MCC in the House,” he said, adding: “But when the script of the conspiracy was ready, he started saying 'the Speaker is an umpire.’ It shows that his behavior is more obedient to a particular party than to his position. He was the one who became a puppet to split the party by saving the undisciplined parliamentarians against whom their party had taken disciplinary action.”