Nepal Pariwar Dal decided to withdraw its candidate and support Pun; while Attahar Kamal Musalman withdrew his candidacy and decided to support Yadav
Kathmandu, October 30
Unified CPN-Maoist standing committee member and former commander of the People’s Liberation Army Nanda Kishor Pun and Nepali Congress leader Amiya Kumar Yadav today filed their candidacies for the post of vice-president.
After independent lawmaker Attahar Kamal Musalman and Nepal Pariwar Dal’s Dayaram Kandel withdrew their candidacies, Pun and Yadav have been left in the fray.
Senior UML leader Jhalanath Khanal proposed Pun, 50, for the post of vice-president and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Chief Whip Dilnath Giri and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic leader Yogendra Chaudhary seconded Khanal’s proposal.
Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had reached Lhotse Hall of the International Convention Centre in Baneshwor to nominate Pun for election.
Following the meeting with UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepal Pariwar Dal decided to withdraw its candidate and support Pun while Attahar Kamal Musalman withdrew his candidacy and decided to support Nepali Congress candidate Yadav.
NC Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha proposed Yadav, 69, and the party’s whip Ishwori Neupane seconded
According to the Parliament Secretariat, the election for vice-president has been scheduled from 11:00am to 2:00pm tomorrow. The election result will be announced in the Parliament session at 5:00pm.
During the meeting of High Level Political Coordination Committee led by UCPN-M Chair Dahal yesterday, some UML leaders and fringe parties had urged the committee to consider either a Madhesi or Tharu candidate for the post of vice-president instead of Pun. However, the UCPN-M standing committee meeting held this morning reiterated that Pun could not be replaced by any other leader at the last moment.
After UCPN-M leaders took a strong stand for Pun, the meeting of the HLPCC held today endorsed Pun’s name. Sources claimed that Dahal had threatened to rethink about the coalition if Pun was not accepted for vice-president.
Even UML leader Madhav Nepal was unhappy with Pun’s candidacy as he was for having a vice-president from either the Madhesi or Tharu community.
UCPN-M standing committee decided that the candidate from Madhesi or Tharu community was theoretically good, but the party could not make changes in its decision at the last moment.
Amiya Kumar yadav
Nanda Kishor Pun
A version of this article appears in print on October 31, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.