KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress has included business tycoon Binod Chaudhary in its closed list of proportional representation candidates for the upcoming elections.
It is learnt that Chaudhary has been nominated as the number one candidate of the party under the PR category from Madhesi quota.
Chaudhary was close to Madhav Nepal while in UML but according to the sources he recently made a distance with the party due to UML Chair KP Oli. He had a good bonding with UML leader and former Finance Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari but he has also a good relationship with some NC leaders.
It is learnt that former Indian Envoy Deep Kumar Upadhayay played a crucial role in roping in the business tycoon in the party as per the request of NC General Secretary Koirala.
Chaudhary has Chaudhary Udhyog Gram in Nawalparasi Constituency-1 from where leader Koirala is contesting the upcoming elections. There are about 1,900 workers currently employed in Chaudhary’s company there.
Chaudhary, the only businessperson named in the Forbes billionaire’s list form Nepal, was the Member of Parliament from the CPN-UML and was elected a member of the first Constituent Assembly (CA) under the PR category by UML in 2008.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