POKHARA, Dec 5: Minister for Youth and Sports of Gandaki Province Deepak Manange (aka Rajeev Gurung) has joined Madhav Kumar Nepal-led CPN (Unified Socialist).
Manange was elected unopposed from Manang B as a provincial assembly member. The ruling alliance and the CPN-UML had decided not to field any candidate in order to bring him to their respective fold.
Releasing a press statement through social media, Manange has announced that he has decided to join the CPN (Unified Socialist). He also announced that he would support the ruling alliance in the Gandaki provincial assembly for the formation of a new government.
With his decision to join the Unified Socialist party, Manange has been the only candidate of the party elected under the First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) electoral system in Gandaki Provincial Assembly. As a part of the power sharing deal within the ruling alliance, the Unified Socialist candidate Gopal Khanal had received a ticket from Nawalpur 2 (B). However, he was defeated by CPN-UML candidate Laxman Pandey.