Khanal, Rawal warn PM against MCC’s ‘backdoor’ endorsement

R-L: Jhala Nath Khanal and Bhim Rawal

Kathmandu, May 18

Two members of the three-member committee that the ruling Nepal Communist Party formed to study details of the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant agreement between Nepal and the United States have asked Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli if he wanted to endorse the deal through a back door.

Alerted after the government mentioned a project proposed to be funded by the grant in its annual policy and programme that President Bidya Devi Bhandari presented in Parliament last week, Jhala Nath Khanal and Bhim Rawal submitted a letter to the prime minister warning against its endorsement.

The study committee including Khanal, Rawal and Pradeep Gyawali had concluded that Parliament should not endorse the deal before amending it. The party, however, yet to discuss the report formally.

Suspecting that the prime minister wanted to skip the party’s central committee decision about the controversy, the leaders demanded that he clarify if the government was preparing to launch the proposed transmission line development project on its own.

They also demanded that the party leadership call a meeting of the party to make a decision about the deal.

Published on May 18th, Monday, 2020 2:07 PM

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