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EC annuls candidacy of (Maoist Center) candidate from Sarlahi-4

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has annulled candidacy of the CPN (Maoist Center) candidate Shiv Pujan Raya Yadav for the federal parliament elections from Sarlahi-4 constituency.

Based on complaints filed against him of abuse of the diplomatic passport, the election body has decided to cancel Yadav’s candidacy as per the House of Representatives Election Act. The returning officer concerned and candidate Yadav will be informed about the revocation, said EC.

Nepali Congress (NC) has fielded Amresh Kumar Singh from the constituency.

Independent candidates from his constituency Sarlahi-4, Ganesh Kumar Singh and Anil Kumar Singh, on November 5 had also complained with the EC demanding revocation of his candidacy.

The candidate duo had then moved the Supreme Court (SC) after the EC delayed in taking decision on the complaints.

On August 11, 2015, the Special Court had sentenced Yadav for four months and fined Rs 15,000 after finding him guilty on the criminal charge of tampering with the diplomatic passport he had acquired as a Constituent Assembly (CA) member.

In the first CA election in 2008, Yadav had defeated Mahantha Thakur of the then Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party and NC’s Amresh Singh from Sarlahi-6 on a Madhesi Janadhikar Forum ticket.

He, however, had lost the second CA election in 2013, that he contested on a ticket of Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, to NC’s Singh.

Yadav then joined Rastriya Janta Party Nepal (RJP) after merger of six Madhes-based parties before joining Maoist Center before the local elections took place.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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