UML-Maoist com­mon can­di­dates face chal­lenges of rebels

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The CPN-UML and the Maoist-Cen­tre, as they had claimed, have fielded their com­mon can­di­dates for the up­com­ing first phase elec­tions to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies. The two par­ties had to ex­er­cise hard to se­lect the can­di­dates as per the agree­ment reached to di­vide the seats in the ra­tio of 60/40. They fi­nally suc­ceeded to set­tle the seats al­though in a few dis­tricts the of­fi­cial can­di­dates of the al­liance were chal­lenged by the rebel can­di­dates. Even as the top lead­ers of the left al­liance have agreed to field com­mon can­di­dates for the up­com­ing fed­eral and pro­vin­cial assem­bly polls at the cen­ter, the lo­cal lead­ers of the con­stituent par­ties of the al­liance have fielded can­di­dates of their re­spec­tive par­ties in var­i­ous dis­tricts, like Mugu, Ja­jarkot and Ramech­hap. The UML-led left al­liance had agreed to field former home min­is­ter and Maoist Cen­ter leader Shakti Ba­hadur Bas­net from Ja­jarkot for the fed­eral par­lia­ment. How­ever, UML can­di­date Gobinda Bikram Shah fielded his in­de­pen­dent can­di­dacy, protest­ing against the de­ci­sion of top lead­ers to give their ‘se­cured' con­stituency to the Maoist Cen­ter. Shah had joined the UML af­ter quit­ting the RPP with hope that he would get UML ticket for the fed­eral par­lia­ment. Shah, who is said to pos­sess good politi­cal clout in the dis­trict, fielded his in­de­pen­dent can­di­dacy af­ter he was de­nied the ticket. Sim­i­larly, the CPN (Maoist Cen­ter) lead­ers have fielded their can­di­dacy against the com­mon can­di­dates of left al­liance in Ramech­hap. Former law­maker of the Maoist Cen­ter Laxmi Gu­rung fielded her can­di­dacy for the fed­eral par­lia­ment, breach­ing the agree­ment reached by her party with UML at the cen­tral level. Al­though the top lead­ers of the left al­liance agreed to field UML can­di­dates in Mugu dis­trict, lo­cal lead­ers of Maoist Cen­ter have not only an­nounced their non­co­op­er­a­tion with UML can­di­dates, but also filed in­de­pen­dent can­di­da­cies. In­ter­est­ingly, dis­putes have sur­faced even within the par­ties over the nom­i­na­tion of their own party can­di­dates for the polls. The Maoist Cen­ter leader Te­jen­dra Kham Ma­gar re­belled against the party's of­fi­cial can­di­date Ka­mal Roka in Rukum-East. Sim­i­larly, the dis­grun­tled Maoists have fielded rebel can­di­dates even for the pro­vin­cial assem­bly. Puni Raj Gharti filed in­de­pen­dent can­di­dacy against the Maoist Cen­ter's can­di­date Tej Ba­hadur Oli ‘Pra­teek” from Rukum East (a) for the pro­vin­cial assem­bly poll. The fil­ing of nom­i­na­tions of the com­mon can­di­dates of the two par­ties con­cluded peace­fully in all 32 dis­tricts where the first phase elec­tions to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and State As­sem­blies are tak­ing place on Novem­ber 26. Al­to­gether 37 mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and 74 mem­bers of pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies will be elected from the first phase of elec­tions. The first phase of elec­tion will be held in Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha, Bho­jpur, Okhald­hunga, Taple­jung, Paachthar, Khotang, Nuwakot, Ra­suwa, Dhad­ing, Sind­hu­pal­chowk, Do­lakha, Ramech­hap, Mus­tang, Myagdi, Baglung, Manang, Lamjung, Gorkha, Rukum (eastern part), Rolpa, Rukum (Western part), Ja­jarkot, Humla, Mugu, Jumla, Ka­likot, Dolpa, Darchula, Ba­jhang, Ba­jura and Baitadi. The nom­i­na­tions for the De­cem­ber 7 elec­tions shall take place for the re­main­ing 45 dis­tricts on com­ing Novem­ber 2.

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