Kathmandu, 24 Kartik. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Foreign Minister Dr. Narayan Khadka’s expression has started coming differently. While Prime Minister Deuba has publicly stated that the MCC should be passed anyway, Foreign Minister Khadka has said that the MCC should be moved forward only after reaching a national consensus. He has been giving similar expressions lately.
Lately, there is no uniformity in the ruling coalition regarding MCC. Earlier, the MCC was not included in the minimum common program prepared for the operation of the government as soon as the government was formed. In particular, the parties in the alliance, the CPN (Maoist Center) and the CPN (Unified Socialists), are of the view that the wrong provisions in the MCC and the provisions contrary to the interests of the country should not be passed unless they are amended.
Recently, Prime Minister Deuba, on his return from a visit to the United Kingdom, revealed that he and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had written a letter to the United States asking for the MCC to be passed. However, Prachanda has already refuted Prime Minister Deuba’s statement. He reiterated that the wrong provisions in the MCC will be passed only after correcting them.
Why is Foreign Minister Khadka talking about passing the MCC only after reaching a national consensus? Even the Congress leaders are ignorant about this. Before becoming a minister, Khadka had said that the MCC should be passed by the House without delay. He had expressed the same opinion in a public event. However, after becoming the foreign minister, he has been talking about national consensus.
Khadka, who had gone to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly on the same day as the minister, was in controversy over his remarks about the MCC at a reception and honors organized by Nepalis in the United States. He said the MCC should be passed without amendment. However, as soon as he returned home, he was outraged that news had been made about what he had not said. file photo /ReportersNepal