Despite failing to officially withdraw his nomination for the provincial by-election in Baglung, a candidate from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has accepted to extend his assistance to the party-favored candidate, Khim Bikram Shahi.
Going against the party’s instruction, Sherman Gharti NCP leader had filed his candidacy from Baglung Constituency-2. According to an agreement stretched between the NCP and Rastriya Janamorcha Party, NCP leaders had accepted to extend their assistance to Shahi as part of a larger left political alliance. But, Gharti filed the nomination defying the party’s instruction.
Gharti admitted to stand down at the last moment on Sunday, the deadline provided by the Election Commission.
On Sunday, NCP flew Gharti in a helicopter to Baglung. However, Gharti approached the Election Commission Office 20 minutes following the deadline.
Despite failing to withdraw his nomination, Gharti said that he will consider the decision of the party and assist Khim Bikram Shahi of Rastriya Janamorcha Party. He said “Due to the geography of the region, I couldn’t reach the Election Commission Office on time, and officially withdraw my candidacy,” adding that he was ready to withdraw his nomination following NCP accepted to fulfill his demands.
He said “I have demanded that the Western part of Baglung should be made another district. I was ready to withdraw my candidacy after the party decided to consider my demands,” continuing that he will help the candidate of Rastriya Janamorcha Party in the by-elections.
The NCP flew Gharti on a Prabhu Helicopter chopper. However, he was 20 minutes delayed to reach the EC office. Chief Election Officer of Baglung, Basudev Neupane, said that Gharti had failed to withdraw his nomination as he reached the EC office 20 minutes following the deadline to do so.
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