Renu Dahal has been elected the mayor of Bharatpur Metropolitan City. Dahal, the candidate of CPN (Maoist Centre) and Nepali Congress won the election by securing 202 more votes against her competitor Devi Prasad Gyawali of CPN (UML).
With Renu’s victory, Bharatpur Metropolitan City has set two records at a single time. Renu Dahal has become the lone female mayor in any Metropolitan city in the country. Likewise, the city has got both female mayor and deputy mayor which is not in any of the towns in the case of women.
Dahal garnered 43,127 votes while Gyawali managed 42,925 votes.
Likewise, Parbati Shah of Nepali Congress emerged victorious as the deputy mayor by defeating UML’s candidate.
After her election to the post, Renu is reported as saying: I am extremely happy and have realized a sense of responsibility. With Renu’s win, Maoist party has secured its seat in the metropolitan city as well. Earlier, the party had not won any of the key post–mayor and deputy mayor, in the metropolitan and sub-metropolitan city in the first and second phases of local polls.
The case of Bharatpur Metropolitan remained a hot cake for almost three months after a side tore the ballot paper and the case got an entry in the court.
The UML supporters in the social site networking have come heavily down on the NC-Maoist Centre coalition terming it an unholy and carrying out unhealthy practices to win the polls.
However, NC and Maoist cadres have defended the allegations arguing that it was the people’s verdict after the court’s verdict.
The ballotpapers of Bharatpur-19 were torn by a part while counting the votes after the May 14 first phase of local level polls. But, the CPN (UML) moved the court after the Election Commission decided to go for the re-polling in the ward. But, the Supreme Court last week scrapped the writ petition lodged by the UML cadres and backed the Election Commission’s move to go for re-polling.
The ward no. 19 of the town witnessed the re-polling on Friday (August 4).
She was born on July 5, 1976 in the then Bhimsen Nagar of Shibanagar VDC (present Bharatpur Metropolitan-19) as the second child to Pushpa Kamal Dahal, CPN (Maoist Center) Chair and former Prime Minister, and Sita Dahal. She had joined the then CPN (Maoist) in 2051 BS and had gone underground in 2052 BS .
She was the member (Proportional Representation) to the first Constituent Assembly. But she lost to Nepali Congress leader Prakash Man Singh in the second CA election (FPTP) from the Kathmandu Constituency-1.