KATHMANDU – Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has stopped his party’s cadres from chanting slogans against Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact.
The NCP cadres who have thronged to the streets to enforce Nepal Banda on Thursday were chanting slogans against the largest US grant program through MCC Compact.
HAowNCP Chairman Prachanda instructed them to not protest against the US grant.
NCP has called the nationwide strike (Nepal Banda) against the government’s decision to make ‘unconstitutional’ appointments in constitutional bodies. As agitating cadres started to chant slogans against MCC Compact during the protest at Pulchowk, he instructed them to stop such sloganeering.
Along with cadres, Prachanda and other NCP leaders Pampha Bhusa, Bishnu Rijal were chanting slogan ‘Let’s make Nepal Banda successful’ while some protesters suddenly changed the sloganeering to chant ‘Scrap the MCC Agreement’.
However, NCP Chairman Prachanda immediately instructed them to not protest against the US grant.
NCP Standing Committee Member Bhusal directed cadres to not chant the slogan against MCC. Following the instruction, agitating protesters resumed chanting slogans related to Nepal Banda.
After that, Prachanda left for other places to participate in demonstrations staged to enforce Nepal Banda.
The MCC Compact has become a contentious issue in the NCP with some leaders and cadres putting pressure against the government to scrap the agreement that will secure $500 million grants from the US to build cross border electricity transmission line and build 100 KM roads.
Due to the dispute in the ruling NCP, the process to ratify the MCC agreement in the parliament—a precondition to implement the project— was halted for a long time.