Many candidates rendered jobless after the elections
July 8, 2017 09:43 AM NPT
By: Krishna Oli
BAJURA, July 7: Local elections have shattered the dreams of many candidates in Bajura district who had quit their government jobs to contest the polls.
A lot of aspirants had filed for their candidacy with high hopes but the result of the local polls has fragmented many of their dreams. Now, they are left with no option as they neither have job nor did they succeed in the polls. So, quitting job has turned out to be a wrong decision for them.
Pavitra Shahi, Rita Singh, Dal Bahadur Thapa among others had resigned from their government jobs but unfortunately could not make it to politics either. Shahi who was a health worker earlier had filed for the post of vice chairperson of Chededaha Rural Municipality. CPN-UML candidate Shahi was defeated by Nepali Congress (NC) candidate Kunti Budha Saud by more than 500 votes. Though Shahi could not bag victory, she says she has no regret over her decision. “I could not make it in the elections but I still have no regrets as I got to learn a great lesson,” said Shahi.
Likewise, Rita Singh who was one of the candidates for the post of deputy mayor of Budhinanda Municipality also had a bitter experience in the elections. She was actively involved in teaching profession since a long time but she gave up her government job in order to join politics. NC candidate Singh was defeated by CPN-UML's Shristi Regmi by 124 votes. Singh had submitted her resignation following the advice of NC leaders.
Dal Bahadur Thapa, a permanent teacher of a local school had filed his candidacy for the post of Badimalika Municipality-8 chief. CPN-UML candidate Thapa was defeated by NC's Prakash Rawal. Interestingly, Rawal was one of the students of Thapa. According to Thapa, his defeat has not affected him that much but he is worried about his party which seems to be losing its grip in its own fort. Badimalika Municipality was considered as one of UMLs stronghold but unfortunately that has become a matter of past. As stated by Thapa, internal rifts, treachery and groupism within the party led to the defeat of the party. Despite losing the elections, Thapa is glad that the party provided him with the opportunity to participate in the elections.
There are many candidates like him who left their government jobs but unfortunately could not secure victory in the elections. NC has emerged victorious in six out of nine local units by wiping out CPN-UML from its own strongholds.