From the Nepali press
Bhasha Sharma in www.nagariknews.com 19 April
Nepal’s two latest political parties are the first ones to announce mayoral candidates in Kathmandu.
At a time when the NC, UML and other established parties look undecided over their candidates, journalist-turned-politician Rabindra Mishra’s Sajha Party and the youth-based Bibeksheel Nepali – both of which have never fought elections – have chosen two unconventional politicians: former secretary Kishor Thapa and 21-year-old student Ranju Darshana.
Thapa of the Sajha Party was an SLC topper, studied architect engineering and served as a top bureaucrat for 22 years. If elected, he says he will expand roads in Kathmandu, expedite the Melamchi and Outer Ring Road projects and introduce a 20-year energy development plan.
Thapa argues Kathmandu needs a political leader with administrative and technical know-how, and claims to be one. “I am familiar with each alley of Kathmandu,” he says. “As a bureaucrat I worked to develop Kathmandu as a bureaucrat. Now I want to lead the city politically.”
Ranju Darshana, Bibeksheel Nepali’s candidate, has none of the experience that Thapa boasts of. But she has emerged as a feisty youth politician after joining Bibeksheel Nepali three years ago.
Darshana was born the year the Maoist war began, and was just one-year-old when Nepal last held local elections in 1997. Raised by her single mother in Kathmandu, she says she suffered the mess created by bad politicians and joined politics to clean that up.
“If elected, I will work to make Kathmandu greener, pedestrian-friendly and a place where everyone can work and live peacefully,” says Darshana, a bachelor level student of development studies.Go back to previous page