KATHMANDU — With the votes being counted in 32 districts where first phase of parliamentary and provincial elections were held on November 26, left alliance of CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre is leading in two-third constituencies.
Out of the 37 seats in House of Representatives of first phase elections, left alliance is leading in 29 constituencies counted so far while Nepali Congress in only four constituencies and Naya Shakti Nepal party is taking lead in one constituency.
Out of 32 districts where first phase of election took place, Nepali Congress is taking lead only in four districts–Rasuwa, Bajura, Humla and Sankhuwasaba.
CPN-UML has made a clean sweep winning all seats in the election to the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly in Mustang.
Prem Prasad Tulachan has secured his position to the House of Representatives with 3,544 votes,according to the Chief Election Officer (CEO).
His rival candidate Romi Gauchan from Nepali Congress garnered 3,281 votes.
Likewise, in Province ‘A’ UML candidates Indradhara Bista secured 1,167 votes whereas rival Tshering Dhawa Gurung garnered 657 votes.
In Province ‘B’, Mahendra Thakali from UML secured 2,584 votes and rival candidate Tshering Gurung garnered 2,259 votes.
Similarly, Maoist Centre made a clean sweep in Rukum East winning all three seats including two provincial assembly seats.
Maoist Centre candidate Kamala Roka has been elected as the Federal Parliament member from Rukum east.
In Gorkha-2, there is tight competition between left alliance candidate Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Naya Shakti Nepal candidate Baburam Bhattarai. Bhattarai is leading and has secured 6534 so far and Shrestha 5399.
Likewise, in Sindhupalchowk-1, left candidate Agni Sapkota leading with wide margin over Nepali Congress candidate Mohan Basnet. Sapkota has secured 11195 votes and Basnet following him with 6982 votes.
In Sindhupalchowk-2 too there is a tight competition between left candidate Sher Bahadur Tamang and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Democratic) candidate Pashupati Shumsher Rana. Tamang has secured 9200 and Rana 8009 so far.
Left alliance is also leading in both constituencies of Nuwakot.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost
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