Ruling alliance agrees on tabling MCC in ParliamentThe decision comes after days of discussions to find a way to move the American grant forward while saving the coalition.
The ruling alliance has agreed to allow tabling the Millennium Challenge Corporation Nepal Compact in the House of Representatives on Sunday.
A meeting of the alliance on Sunday decided to allow the government to table the MCC compact after the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) backtracked from its position to pull out of the alliance if it is tabled in the present form.
"MCC will be tabled at Parliament today," Communication Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki told reporters after the meeting of the ruling coalition held at Baluwatar. "Now it will be discussed in Parliament, not on the streets."
Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday decided to wait until Sunday as the CPN (Unified Socialist) sought two days until its Standing Committee made its position on the issue. The party’s meeting on Saturday decided to allow the tabling in the parliament though it said the MCC compact cannot be endorsed in the present form.
The Maoist Centre also softened its stand after the Unified Socialist agreed to allow the government to table it. Though the tentative agenda of the lower house doesn’t include the MCC compact, the Business Advisory Committee meeting called prior to the House meeting is likely to incorporate it into the final agenda.
Deuba had turned to CPN-UML after a series of meetings in the alliance failed to find a meeting point. He reached the Balkot-based residence of the UML chairperson KP Sharma Oli on Thursday evening immediately after the alliance meeting called for the day couldn't reach any conclusion.
Deuba wanted to table the MCC compact at Wednesday's meeting of the House. He decided to wait until Friday and again to Sunday as the alliance couldn’t reach a conclusion.