Ruling coalition meeting makes no headway on MCC

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Kathmandu: A meeting of the ruling coalition leaders held on Thursday evening failed to reach an agreement on various issues including tabling the MCC agreement and smooth running of the parliament meeting. As a result, the leaders are scheduled to meet again on Friday morning.

At the meeting held at the PM’s residence in Baluwatar, in-depth discussion on conducting the meeting of the House of Representatives without any hindrance and tabling the MCC agreement were discussed, said government spokesperson and Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki. “As the discussions between the ruling parties are continuing, today’s meeting ended with a decision to resume at 10 am today,” said Minister Karki.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba requested the leaders to fulfill the request made by the MCC head office for ratification of the agreement by February 28, said Minister Karki.

Though the government-led Nepali Congress was preparing to table the agreement in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, it was postponed till Friday at the request of CPN (Maoist Center) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister and President of Nepali Congress Deuba, Chair of the Maoist Center Prachanda and Narayan Kaji Shrestha, General Secretary of the Nepali Congress Gagan Kumar Thapa, leaders party Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Purna Bahadur Khadka.
Similarly, Chairperson of CPN (Unified Socialist) Madhav Kumar Nepal, senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal and Baburam Bhattarai from Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal were present at the meeting.