Sher Bahadur Deuba is wooing political parties to ratify MCC

Sher Bahadur Deuba

Sher Bahadur Deuba has convened personal talks with leaders of several political parties in an attempt to get Parliament to endorse the MCC.

PM Sher Bahadur Deuba’s plan of “convincing” leaders of diverse political parties represented in Parliament comes only days after the administration presented the MCC Compact to the House of Representatives.

According to sources, PM Sher Bahadur Deuba is attempting to push for parliamentary arithmetic at a time when the Maoist Center and the Unified Socialist have stated that they will vote against the Compact in parliament.

“The main opposition, the CPN-UML, which has been constantly blocking Parliament meetings, is expected to boycott the voting process,” the source stated.

The UML has been stalling the legislature, accusing Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota of failing to take action against 14 former UML legislators.

There are 271 lawmakers in the House of Representatives, including 97 CPN-UML members, 61 Nepali Congress members, 24 Unified Socialist members, 20 Janata Samajbadi Party members, 12 Democratic Socialist Party members, and one each from Rashtriya Prajatantra Party, Janamorcha, and Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party members.

According to the source, Prime Minister Deuba has even instructed his cabinet officials to vote in favor of MCC or face the repercussions.

The MCC Compact must be ratified by a majority of lawmakers in the presence of more than a quarter of the legislature.

Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki presented the MCC Compact grant from the United States to the parliament on Sunday.

The ruling coalition had decided to table MCC before parliament at a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar on Sunday morning.

While the Nepali Congress (NC) supports the ratification of the MCC, the CPN (Maoist Center) and CPN (Unified Socialist) believe it should be amended. Sher Bahadur Deuba

MCC will be discussed at the House of Representatives next meeting on February 24.

Following the discussion, legislators will have the opportunity to offer amendments.

However, such a change only applies to the Government of Nepal’s remarks, as well as any further modifications or amendments. Sher Bahadur Deuba

Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has encouraged MPs to wait a few more days after party leaders demanded to leave the government when the MCC was tabled in parliament, citing the decision of the parliamentary party.

Leaders Jaipuri Gharti and Rekha Sharma, according to Maoist Center Chief Whip Dev Gurung, dissented from the leadership’s decision and expressed dissenting views during a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee conducted before the parliament session commenced.

Gurung, the Maoist leader, has even spoken out against the MCC at a parliament meeting.