Gagan Thapa, Bishwaprakash Sharma are the new general-secretaries of Nepali Congress – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

Gagan Thapa, Bishwaprakash Sharma are the new general-secretaries of Nepali Congress - The Himalayan Times - Nepal's No.1 English Daily Newspaper

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Thapa registered an edgy victory, Sharma too left other contenders behind by a comfortable margin

KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 16

Nepali Congress leaders Gagan Kumar Thapa and Bishwa Prakash Sharma have been elected the general-secretaries of the party.

Thapa, the leading candidate in the band of hopefuls for the post, secured the highest number of votes enjoying an edgy beginning which was maintained throughout the counting process.

Thapa had announced his candidacy for the post from Shekhar Koirala’s panel. Koirala was defeated by Deuba in the polls for party president.

The next highest number of votes were received by Sharma, who also widened the gap between himself and other contenders midway through the vote-count. Sharma belongs to Prakash Man Singh’s camp.

Singh had, in the run-off for party president election, thrown his weight behind Deuba, deserting his earlier committment to fight for leadership change in the party.

Meanwhile, Prakash Sharan Mahat who was considered a strong contender for the post since he belonged to the NC President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s faction, had to settle for the third spot.

Likewise, Pradeep Paudel who also represented camp-Deuba came in fourth. He was backed by NC leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula.

In the similar manner, Defence Minister Minendra Rijal who was also vying to get elected as NC general-secretary garnered relatively low numbers, standing fifth in the race. He contested the election from Koirala’s panel.

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The sixth contender Rajaram Karki finished last.

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