Trilochan Bhatta set to become Province 7 CM

Dhangadi, February 2

CPN-Maoist Centre leader Trilochan Bhatta is set to become the first chief minister of Province 7.

The CPN-Maoist Centre Provincial Committee recommended Bhatta for the chief minister. The left alliance had earlier agreed to allow the Maoist to form the provincial government in Province 7.

Maoist Centre’s Birman Chaudhary, Jhapat Bohara and Trilochan Bhatta were major contenders for the post of chief minister. Bhatta was elected from Doti. He is a politburo member of the CPN-MC and Doti chairman of the party.

Born in Doti’s Bhumirajmandu 48 years ago, Bhatta started his political career from All India Nepal Unity Society from India. He was a treasurer of Nepalese Diaspora Committee in Mumbai.

Bhatta joined the then CPN-Maoist as full-time party cadre in 2000. He was member of Maoist District Committee and regional bureau member. After the party sent him to Nepal in 2005, Bhatta had gone underground.

Bhatta, who worked as Doti secretary of the party in 2006, became Doti sub-in-charge two years later.

Bhatta had filed his candidacy from Doti constituency 1 and constituency 2 in the first and second Constituent Assembly polls respectively. Defeated in both the polls, Bhatta was elected from Doti Constituencty-2 in provincial election this time. He had secured victory by defeating NC’s Yogendra Shahi with 2,700 votes.

Bhatta said that he would work to usher in change and development in the province. He said that his government would bring out programmes to minimise corruption.