Half a dozen NRNs contesting UK local polls

Published On: April 17, 2018 07:25 PM NPT By: Chiran Sharma  | @chiranuk

LONDON, April 17: Half a dozen Non Resident Nepalis (NRNs) including a woman have registered their candidacies for the local level elections of the United Kingdom (UK).

NRNs from Hounslow, Wharnet, Eling and Heart District have filed their candidacies for the elections to be held on May 3 in the UK.

For the post of councilor of Heart District Council of Black Water and Hawali Constituency, Lila Seling Mabo has registered her candidacy representing Labor Party. Mabo is the first Nepali woman to file her candidacy from the Nepali origin.

Born in Oyam of Pachthar, Mabo has expressed her happiness saying that main opposition Labor Party fielded her as a candidate in the upcoming local level elections counting on her caliber.

Mabo has made responsible community, quality and development as her election agendas. Former teacher, Mabo is a skilled radio presenter and litterateur as well.

The number of NRNs filing candidacies for local elections is increasing of late representing 150,000 members of Nepali Community living in the UK.

Similarly, Laxman Gurung has registered his candidacy for the post of councilor of London Borough of Wharton representing ruling Conservative Party.

In his election campaign, Prime Minister Theresa May had also taken part. He is confident that Conservative Party will clinch win in the constituency despite stronghold of opposition party.  “I am encouraged by the response of the voters,” said he, “The election campaign is going on positively.”

Former British Gurkha army, Gurung is also active in the campaigns held by the NRNs. Mainly, Gurung looks after the issues related to ex- British Gurkha armies.

Surendra Dhungana of Tikapur Kailali, who has been staying in Ealing, London, has also filed his candidacy for the elections.

Conservative Party has fielded him for the Hobein Ward of Ealing Council where there is a stronghold of Nepali community.

Dhungana is confident that he will turn the tables in his favor as the Conservative Party had won a seat in this region in the previous elections, too. “I call upon all the Nepali community to cast votes for me in the upcoming elections.”

He had joined Labor Party three years ago. He has been working in the capacity as a vice chairman of Ealing North Conservative Party for the last two years.

Similarly, former British Gurkha soldier Bishnu Gurung is all set to contest local elections for the post of councilor.

Gurung, who has already become deputy mayor and councilor, has registered his candidacy representing Labor Party. Labor Party has a stronghold in the region.

He is confident that he will win the elections. He claims hat around 65 percent of the voters are associated with the Labor Party in his constituency. Quality of life, road and improvement of local schools are his election agendas.

Gurung had been elected to the post of councilor in 2014 for the first time.

Likewise, Kamal Gurung have filed his candidacy for the post of councilor in Wharten from Labor Party while Anand Rai has registered his candidacy  in Felthan representing Conservative Party.


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