Is only Govinda Raj Joshi cor­rupt?

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The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC), as de­manded by se­nior leader Ram Chan­dra Poudel, an­nulled can­di­dacy of Nepali Congress leader Govinda Raj Joshi cit­ing that he was con­victed by the Spe­cial Court on cor­rup­tion charges. The district of­fice of the EC in Tanahun had scrapped Joshi's can­di­dacy at the in­struc­tion of the EC head­quar­ters. Joshi had filed his nom­i­na­tion as a rebel can­di­date of NC se­nior leader Poudel in Tanahu-1 af­ter he was de­nied elec­tion ticket in the same con­stituency. Poudel had filed a com­plaint against Joshi de­mand­ing that cor­rup­tion ac­cused Joshi be barred from con­test­ing the elec­tion. Joshi had crit­i­cised the EC's de­ci­sion terming it un­demo­cratic. How­ever, EC de­fended its de­ci­sion stat­ing that the can­di­dacy was an­nulled in ac­cor­dance with pro­vi­sion of Elec­tion of Mem­bers of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, the elec­tion law which bars cor­rup­tion ac­cused from con­test­ing the elec­tions. How­ever, Joshi is not the lone cor­rupt leader con­test­ing the elec­tions. Scores of cor­rupt lead­ers from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties are vy­ing for the seats in the House of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the state as­sem­blies. But only Joshi faced ac­tion. Every lay­man knows most of the lead­ers who are now in the elec­tion fray had abused power and money when they were in power. Those who had tainted the im­age of Nepal in the in­fa­mous Su­dan scam and those who mis­used bil­lions of ru­pees al­lot­ted for the Maoist com­bat­ants are con­test­ing the elec­tions. From Kr­ishna Prasad Si­taula of NC to Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal of the Maoist-Cen­tre were ac­cused of their hands in the Su­dan scam. Now Da­hal is con­test­ing the polls from Madi area in Chit­wan where his party had blown a pas­sen­ger bus killing 39 in­no­cent peo­ple in 2005. Si­taula is an NC can­di­date in Jhapa-3. Dons like Manange and Ganesh Lama are also con­test­ing the elec­tions. The CPN-UML even with­drew its of­fi­cial can­di­date in Manag to sup­port Don Manange. In­deed, Joshi was not the lone cor­rupt per­sons to file nom­i­na­tions. There have been sev­eral oth­ers, but they re­ceived pro­tec­tions from the EC as well as the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship.

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