Kathmandu, October 27
Ruling CPN-UML Vice-chairperson Bidhya Devi Bhandari and main opposition party Nepali Congress leader Kul Bahadur Gurung are in the fray for the presidential post.
After Nepal Workers and Peasants Party candidate Krishna Maharjan withdrew his candidacy following the request of CPN-UML leaders, Bhandari and Gurung will be contesting the election scheduled for tomorrow.
UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal proposed Bhandari’s name for the post of president while leaders of coalition parters Kamal Thapa, Yogendra Chaudhary, Dipak Bohora, CP Mainali, Prem Bahadur Singh, Jayadev Joshi, Chitra Bahadur KC, Shivalal Thapa, Biswendra Paswan, Laxman Rajbanshi, Eknath Dhakal and Meghraj Nepali seconded Bhandari’s candidacy.
On the other hand, Nepali Congress leader Kul Bahadur Gurung was proposed by party General Secretary Prakash Man Singh and seconded by another General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula.
According to the Parliament Secretariat, election for president will be held from 11:00am till 2:00pm tomorrow. The election committee led by General Secretary Manohar Prasad Bhattarai has already printed the ballot papers for the vote.
NWPP central committee member Krishna Maharjan had also filed his candidacy with Prem Suwal as proposer and Dilli Prasad Kafle as supporter. Maharjan withdrew his candidacy after NWPP decided to support the UML candidate.
As per the party’s decision, UML leaders today met top leaders of several parties in the Parliament and requested them to support Bhandari in the presidential election.
Earlier, the NC central working committee meeting had decided to field Kul Bahadur Gurung for the post of president and Amiya Kumar Yadav for vice-president.
UCPN-M parliamentary party meeting has decided to issue whip to all its lawmakers to vote for Bhandari.
Nepali Congress’ candidate
Kul Bahadur Gurung
A version of this article appears in print on October 28, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.