LAMJUNG — CPN-UML candidate Khanda Lama Gurung has withdrawn her nomination to support independent candidate Rajiv Gurung aka Deepak Manange on Wednesday.
Chief Election Officer of Manang and district Judge Deepak Dhakal confirmed that UML’s candidate Khanda had withdrawn her name. Independent candidate Rajiv Gurung will now rival with Congress’ Karma Gurung.
Khanda reached Chief Election Officer’s office at around 1 pm today and withdrew her nomination.
Manange had filed nominations as an independent candidate after UML central committee’s refusal to provide election ticket to him despite the district committee’s unanimously decided to pick him as the party candidate. Manange had recently joined UML.
He claimed that his victory is obvious as Gurung’s supporters had promised him to help in the elections. Gurung and Manange are brother and sister in relationship.
CPN-UML Manang’s President Polden Chopang Gurung has also agreed to support the independent candidate Manange after the withdraw from Gurung.
After Gurung withdrew her nomination, there will be a tough competition between Manange and Karma Gurung from Nepali Congress.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