NC emerges largest party,Prachanda scrapes through

CE Commissioner Neelkantha Uprety Saturday dared the Maoists to prove any irregularity committed during the polling.

Kathmandu | Published: November 24, 2013 4:23:21 am

Yubaraj Ghimire

The Nepali Congress emerged as the largest party with 102 seats followed by Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist with 92 as results of 232 out of 240 seats under the first-past-the-post system were declared.

The United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (UCPN-M) finished a poor third,with just 25 seats,but the biggest saving grace was the victory of its Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda with a margin of 923 votes from Siraha-five.

In another significant poll trend,the Rastriya Prajatantra Party — that has pledged restoration of constitutional monarchy and Nepal’s lost Hindu status — has emerged as the biggest gainer in the capital when poll officials began counting votes under the Proportional Representation system with 335 seats earmarked.

But as the available results and trends clearly indicated a hung CA scenario,the UCPN-M was making all efforts to bring the losing parties — mainly from Madhes region — together as a formidable force to challenge the CA that will be dominated by what the Maoists have been calling ‘forces of status quoism’. So far,the UCPN-M has defied pressure from external players,including India,to honour the people’s mandate. Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae had a meeting with Prachanda — the second in the last three days — but with little success in securing the party’s commitment to be part of the CA. Highly-placed UCPN-M sources said they will ask their elected members not to take oath in the House,nor will they submit the list of their nominees under the PR system after votes are counted — something,if implemented,may jeopardise the due formation of the House and conduct of business.

Meanwhile,Chief Election Commissioner Neelkantha Uprety Saturday dared the Maoists to prove any irregularity committed during the polling.

“It is time for the parties to accept the results,and introspect,” he said.

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