KATHMANDU, Nov 13: The newly- appointed governor of Sudur Paschim Province, Dev Raj Joshi, assumed the office of the province chief in Dhangadhi on Friday.
Joshi was welcomed by the ministers of the provincial government, the speaker and members of the provincial assembly, and various high-ranking officials at the office of the provincial chief.
With the political changes in 2046 BS, he was elected as the Member of the House of Representatives in 2048 BS, becoming the youngest member of the House of Representatives in the country.
After the Nepali Congress gave him a ticket, he resigned from the post of teacher of Bhanudaya Secondary School and became a candidate for the House of Representatives. He was elected from Bajura in the first Constituent Assembly election. During the armed conflict, he was abducted by the then rebel Maoists in 2058 BS and was kept in their captivity for 82 days.
Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister and party president Sher Bahadur Deuba for giving him the responsibility of the province chief, Joshi said, "I am committed to conduct and behave in a manner befitting the post. I am confident that I will get support from everyone while working for the development of the province." Joshi is the fourth province chief to be appointed in the far-western province after the country embraced a federal structure.