UML sends 37 women, 4 men to parliament under PR system

February 12, 2018 06:30 AM Republica


KATHMANDU, Feb 12: A day before the expiry of the deadline set for the political parties, the CPN-UML on Sunday submitted the list of its candidates winning the parliamentary seats under the proportional representation system to the Election Commission. 

The party on Sunday picked 41 names, which includes 37 women and four men. UML Secretary Pradeep Gyawali said the party picked the candidates in accordance with the inclusive electoral policy. The party had bagged 41 seats in the parliamentary elections held in November and December.
 
Among those elected under the PR system are Mukunda Neupane, Bijaya Subba, Mohan Baniya and Moti Lal Dugad under the PR category. Neupane, Baniya and Subba are veteran politicians. Businessman Dugad, however, had joined the UML party just ahead of the parliamentary elections. Before joining the UML, Dugad had formed a party called Nawa Nepal Nirman Party but he dissolved it after a dismal performance in the 2013's Constituent Assembly elections.

The list submitted by the party to the election body shows that almost all the women leaders are close to senior leaders and several of them are the wives of influential leaders.

The party was forced to pick more women as winners since the election law requires that a third of the total winners are women. 

Thammaya Thapa, Shivamaya Tumbahamphe, Sujita Shakya, Ram Kumari Jhakri, Bina Shrestha, Tulsi Thapa, Nabina Lama, Shanti Maya Pakhrin, Kumari Meche, Bina Devi Budhathoki, Radha Kumari Gyawali, Binda Pandey, Goma Devkota and Kalyani Kumari Khadka have been elected to parliament under the PR system.

Similarly, Nirudevi Pal, Man Kumari GC, Mayadevi Neupane, Bishnu Sharma, Sarita Neupane, Maina Kumari Bhandari, Tirtha Gautam, Shanta Chaudhary, Laxmi Kumari Chaudhary, Ganga Chaudhary, Nirudevi Jairu, Bimala Bishwakarma, Bimala BK, Parbati Kumari Bisunkhe, Sanu Shiba, Asha Kumari BK, Julie Kumari Mahato, Pushpa Karna, Sarala Kumari Yadav, Rekha Kumari Jha, Sarita Kumari Giri, Kalila Khan, Samina Husain have been elected to parliament under the PR system. 

The list submitted by the party to the election body shows that almost all the women leaders are close to senior leaders and several of them are the wives of influential leaders.
 
Sujita Shakya is the wife of standing committee member Shankar Pokharel whereas Bina Shrestha is the spouse of Krishna Gopal Shrestha. Likewise, Tulsi Thapa is the wife of party's vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam, Kalyani Khadka is Ram Kumar Bhattarai's wife. Juli Kumari Mahato, who is also a daughter of businessman Upendra Mahato, is the wife of UML leader Raghubir Mahaseth. 

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