Sajha Party: MCC deal should be annulled if not amended

Kathmandu, May 26

The Rabindra Mishra-led Sajha Party has demanded that the Federal Parliament do not endorse a deal signed between the governments of Nepal and the United States of America in 2017 about a USD 500 million grant under the Millenium Challenge Corporation as it is now.

The party says the government should annul the deal if it cannot amend it citing some provisions of the deal are against national interests and the country’s independence.

The party’s statement comes at a time when the ruling party, Nepal Community Party, itself is divided over the deal. Many leaders of the NCP want the deal to be annulled before the endorsement, but the party’s top leader, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, apparently wants to endorse it as soon as possible. The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has supported Oli over the issue.

“Notwithstanding concerns expressed from various angles of society, the government’s stubbornness about endorsing the deal with majority votes is boastful and unfortunate,” Sajha Party spokesperson Surya Raj Acharya says in a statement today.

Published on May 26th, Tuesday, 2020 12:18 PM

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