Minister Bhatta: Somebody threatened to kill me if I supported MCC deal

File: Lekh Raj Bhatta

Kathmandu, July 30

Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Lekh Raj Bhatta, has claimed a man threatened to kill him if he ever supported the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation deal signed between Nepal and the United States in 2017.

The deal has not been implemented yet as it is awaiting approval from the Federal Parliament. The ruling Nepal Communist Party is sharply divided over the issue.

Speaking in a meeting of the Industry, Commerce, Labour, and Consumer Interest Committee in Parliament on Thursday, Bhatta said, “I received a telephone call a few days ago, from the Bajhang district, about the MCC. ‘If you support, you will be beheaded’, this is what he told me.”

“I asked if he read the agreement, but he said, ‘why should I read? Reading is your job’.”

Commenting that Nepalis give comments on various issues without reading, Bhatta said, “We tend to believe whatever we hear without understanding, without checking.”

Published on July 30th, Thursday, 2020 3:18 PM

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