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Newly Appointed Province Governors to Swear-in Today
Syangja’s Adhikari, a senior communist leader, was the head of the CPN-UML’s election commission till the party was merged with CPN (Maoist Center)
President Bidya Devi Bhandari appointed new persons for the posts of Governors of all seven provinces, the newly-appointed officials will be swearing-in today, November 05, 2019.
The appointed governors are Province 1 Somnath Adhikari, Province 2 Tilak Pariyar, Province 3 Bishnu Prasain, Gandaki Province Amik Sherchan, Province 5 Dharmanath Yadav, Karnali Province Govinda Kalauni and Sudurpaschim Province Sharmila Tripathi.
While Pariyar, Sherchan and Tripathi are from the former Maoist party, the remaining leaders are close aides to Prime Minister Oli.
Syangja’s Adhikari, a senior communist leader, was the head of the CPN-UML’s election commission till the party was merged with CPN (Maoist Center) to form the present-day Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
Pariyar, a former Maoist leader, was elected as a lawmaker from Banke after NCP became a part of mainstream politics. He had left the NCP for a short while to be a part of the Maoist party under Mohan Baidya but returned to the leadership of Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
Prasain is an experienced communist leader and joined politics as member of the CPN-ML since the Jhapa uprising in 2028 BS. He has also contested for Mayor of Mechi municipality in 2017, however, he lost to Nepali Congress’ Bimal Acharya.
Sherchan was a key leader of the seven-party alliance formed against the royal coup. He has also served as the Deputy Prime Minister and Health and Population Minister under the Girija Prasad Koirala government.
Yadav is a communist leader from Siraha district and was part of CPN-ML’s Jhapa uprising from eastern Nepal.
Kalauni from Dadeldhura has contested three parliamentary elections in 1994, 2000 and 2008 but never won.
Tripathi hails from Chitwan and is a conflict victim, whose husband Gyanendra Tripathi was arrested and tortured by security forces, while he was part of the student wing of the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist (CPN-M) in 2003.
Nepal Communist Party Madhav Kumar Nepal and a group of party leaders have expressed dissatisfaction on the appointment of the new Governors.
Earlier, Nepal had suggested the names of Amrit Kumar Bohara, Bishwakanta Mainali, Bedu Ram Bhusal and Shree Maya Thakali for the posts. However, Oli had not chosen any of them.
Communist party member Nepal has registered a note of dissent concerning the same.
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