KATHMANDU — Total of 375 candidates have filed their candidacy for 64 posts of the Central Working Committee in the ongoing thirteenth General Convention of the Nepali Congress.
As the formal procedures under the thirteenth general convention already under way, leaders and cadres of the Nepali Congress (NC) have filed their candidacies for different posts on Friday and started their publicity campaigns.
According to an Election Committee Coordinator Radheshyam Adhikari, 365 candidates have filed their candidacy for 61 CWC members and 10 leaders have filed their candidacy for three top positions president, general secretary and treasurer.
NC Acting President Ramchandra Paudel, senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula are competing for the post of party president.
Paudel, who is the contender for the post of party president from the establishment faction, has picked Shashank Koirala as general secretary and Sita Yadav as treasurer from his panel.
Deuba on the other-hand, who has been the establishment’s arch-rival for years, has picked Arjun Narasingh KC as general secretary and Chitralekha Yadav as treasurer from his panel.
Similarly, Sitaula, who has shaped another panel of his own from establishment faction, has nominated youth pleader Gagan Thapa as general secretary and Umakant Chaudhary as treasurer from his panel.
Krishna Bahadur Karki is vying for the treasurer post as an independent candidate. Though he is believed to be close to Khum Bahadur Khadka, Khadka himself is supporting the Deuba panel.
Farmullah Mansur left Paudel camp and joined Deuba camp Friday after Paudel named Sita Devi Yadav for the post of treasurer from the establishment faction.
The general convention will elect 25 Central Working Committee members under the open category, for which 94 leaders have filed their candidacies.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
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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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