KATHMANDU, Feb 24: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba held a meeting with the leader of the main opposition party, CPN-UML, KP Sharma Oli in Baneshwor on Thursday after the ruling coalition partners expressed their inability to vote for the MCC agreement.
The meeting was held in Oli’s chamber in the parliament building in New Baneshwar. This is the third time PM Deuba has met Oli in the past one week in a bid to secure UML’s support to ratify the agreement through parliament. A meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) scheduled for earlier today was put off at the request of Prime Minister Deuba.
The MCC grant agreement has already been tabled at parliament for ratification. However, Prime Minister Deuba has not been able to secure the requisite majority votes to ratify it through parliament.
Leaders have not divulged the details of what transpired during the meeting. Sources said the UML has demanded breaking the current ruling alliance and dismissing house Speaker Agni Sapkota in return for its support to ratify the MCC grant agreement.
While Prime Minister Deuba was accompanied by Minister for Information and Communications Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and the party's General Secretary Gagan Thapa in the meeting, Chairman Oli was accompanied by Deputy Parliamentary Party leader Subash Chandra Nembang and Senior Vice President Ishwar Pokharel.