NCP picks candidates for National Assembly election, Narayan Kaji on the list  

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KATHMANDU, Jan 3: Ruling Nepal Communist Party has finalized the names of candidates for the upcoming National Assembly election, scheduled for January 23.

The list prepared by a meeting of the party Secretariat held on Thursday also includes senior leader and party spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha. Shrestha had lost the lower house election to Dr Baburam Bhattarai from Gorkha-2 in the 2017 Elections.

The candidates from the ruling party are as follows:

Province 1

Indu Gautam (Women)

Gopi Aacham (Dalit)

Devendra Dahal (Others)

Province 2

Tulasa Dahal (women)

Radheshyam Paswan (Dalit)

Province 3

Ganga Belbase (women)

Beduram Bhusal (others)


Narayan Kaji Shrestha (others)

Bhagbati Neupane (women)

Province 5

Bimala Ghimire (women)

Jag Prasad Sharma (differently-abled)

Gopal Bhattarai (others)


Maya Prasad Sharma (others)

Sumitra BC (women)

Sudur Paschim

Taraman Swar (others)

Sarada Bhatta (women)

It may be noted that the ruling NCP has forged alliance with Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) making a two-point deal to support each other, in a bid to sweep the upper house election. As per the deal, the RJPN will secure at least two seats from Province 2 and the ruling party will get 16 seats. The NCP will support the candidates of RJPN in the open and people with physical disabilities quota while the latter, in exchange, will support the ruling party in women and Dalit quota.

The election will elect 18 members in the 59-member NA as the two-year tenure of 19 lawmakers is due to expire on March 3, 2020. One member will be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the cabinet.