In New Year greetings, PM Oli claims ‘extraordinary performance’, blames Speaker Sapkota for MCC delay

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli addresses the nation on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, April 14

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s address to the nation on the occasion of the New Year 2078 BS was full of political agenda.

His speech, broadcast live on the state-owned Nepal Television on Wednesday morning, mainly had two major points. He said the government’s performance in the past year was extraordinary despite several challenges and then blamed House of Representatives Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota for the delay in endorsing the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation grant agreement signed with the US government in 2017.

The prime minister said the government made roads at the rate of five km per day that year whereas 12 houses were made every day in the country.

Oli claimed works done by his government made people hopeful about the future but complained other forces tried to reverse that forcefully.

Then, he presented the MCC grant as a major tool of national development and expressed dissatisfaction that it has not been tabled in the House yet for its endorsement. He, nonetheless, did not mention the name of Speaker Sapkota.

“We have tabled that in parliament and are demanding the House put it to vote for a decision,” he said, “Noone has a right to not present it for a decision once the government forwards it.”

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