NC leads, UML faces hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat in prov­ince 2

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Nepali Congress has emerged as the largest party in the lo­cal elec­tions in Prov­ince-2 while the CPNUML that emerged as the largest party in the first two phases of lo­cal elec­tions held in other six prov­inces was pushed to a dis­tant fifth po­si­tion while vote count­ing of 100 of 136 lo­cal lev­els com­pleted. The CPN-Maoist in a dra­matic way emerged as the sec­ond largest party in the prov­ince by win­ning 17 of the 100 lo­cal lev­els. Of the chiefs of 100 lo­cal lev­els, 32 went to Nepali Congress while chiefs of 17 lo­cal lev­els were won by the Upen­dra Ya­dav-led Fed­eral So­cial­ist Fo­rum Nepal. The per­for­mance of the FSFN and the MaoistCen­tre in the prov­ince-2 was in­spir­ing com­par­ing their per­for­mance dur­ing the 2013 Con­stituent Assem­bly elec­tion. The CPN-UML that re­ceived sec­ond pop­u­lar votes dur­ing the sec­ond CA won only 11 posts of chiefs. Like­wise, the Ras­triya Janata Party-Nepal that waged months' demon­stra­tions af­ter the pro­mul­ga­tion of the

con­sti­tu­tion won 16 seats. How­ever, in the re­main­ing 36 seats, the party was lead­ing in many places and it is likely to win sec­ond or third high­est num­ber of seats. The Bi­jaya Gach­hadar-led Nepal Lok­tantrik Fo­rum won 3 seats and Nepal Janata Dal and Babu­ram Bhat­tarai's Naya Shakti won one seat each. How­ever, both Ras­triya Pra­jatantra par­ties and the Bibek­sheel Sa­jha Party were to­tally elim­i­nated from prov­ince-2. In­ter­est­ingly, for both the UML and the RJP-N the re­sults were un­ex­pected. The peo­ple of the Terai have re­jected the ex­trem­ist views ex­pressed by these two par­ties about Terai. How­ever, in Janakpur sub metropoli­tan city RJP-N was likely to win with a big mar­gin. Sim­i­larly, the may­oral posts of im­por­tant mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and sub-metropoli­tan cities went to CPn-UML. In Jit­pur Si­mara, La­han an Kalaiya.UML was lead­ing by the time this story was de­vel­oped. Like­wise, NC can­di­date was lead­ing in Bir­gunj Metropoli­tan City. The poor show of UML in the lo­cal polls has put the UML in pres­sure as the party is likely to fare badly dur­ing the elec­tions to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies Even in the cities along the EastHigh­way which were be­lieved to be the strong­hold of the UML, the Maoist Cen­tre won push­ing UML be­hind.

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