KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The ruling CPN(Maoist Center) has said that the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) agreement won’t be endorsed through parliament unless there is a national consensus among all parties. The coalition partner has also said that the party cannot support the endorsement of the MCC Agreement through parliament without bringing amendments in some of the controversial provisions of the Agreement.
A press note issued by CPN (Maoist Center) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal's secretariat on Sunday stated that the party has been making its views about the MCC Compact clear, taking into account the objective situation and interests of people. The press note was released shortly after the letter sent to MCC Headquarter jointly by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Dahal that they would expedite endorsement of the Agreement came to the media.
The press note read: "Our party is determined that the project [MCC Compact] should not be endorsed without revision in some of the provisions. We sincerely appeal to the entire party rank and file and the justice-loving people not to be misled by the premeditated propaganda regarding this issue."
The press note further stated that the party's serious attention was drawn to the letter written to MCC headquarters on 29 September 2021 on behalf of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Maoist Chair Dahal, and the comments, actions and reactions regarding the same in the political circle and at the people's level.
"The letter was written in the national interest and for the protection of the government as the Prime Minister was under pressure to pass the MCC at a time when the coalition government had been recently formed by defeating the regression," the press note said.
"It was stated in the letter that national consensus was necessary for MCC and the government needed some time to forge national consensus," the press note stated.
"On the one hand, there is opposition and a situation of pressure regarding the MCC from the level of political circle, intelligentsia, press to the public level in the country while on the other hand even the task force formed by the then Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) to study on the MCC presented its conclusion that MCC should not be passed without revisions. Taking these things also into consideration, there is no situation wherein the coalition will have a common view on this," Dahal’s secretariat said in the statement.