JANAKPUR, Oct 5: Immediately after the completion of the local level elections, the newly elected people's representatives have been engaged in preparations of the provincial and parliamentary elections scheduled for the second week of December in the tarai.
When all the other representatives are busy campaigning for party leaders, Udaya Kumar Barbariya Yadav has dedicated himself completely in fulfilling his promises and pledges that he made during the elections. Yadav is believed to be the youngest mayor of the country. Yadav had filed his candidacy for the mayoral post of Sahidnagar Municipality, Dhanusha from CPN (Maoist-Centre).
Unlike Yadav, majority of the elected representatives have failed to live up to the expectations of the people.
Instead of involving themselves in developmental works, they are more involved in political campaigns. From the day he was sworn in as the new mayor, Yadav was engaged in development activities. The very first day when he assumed his office, he gathered ward secretaries and officials and urged them to do their job sincerely and also warned of taking action against those encouraging any kind discrimination based on cast or race.
He has assured people to resume the construction of the district hospital which was stalled since a long time. Besides that, he has promised to reduce the rate of corruption in the municipality.
"Even my own father will be fighting in the upcoming elections but I haven't been wooing voters for him," he said. According to him, voters will choose their candidates on the basis of their ability not by being impressed by their campaigns or speeches.
By defeating senior and popular candidates of other parties, Yadav was elected to the post of mayor at a young age of 24. Yadav, who is also a civil engineer, was born on May 25, 1993 in Batrahi. He is the eldest son of Jog Kumar Barbariya, one of the well known leaders of CPN (Maoist-Centre).
According to him, locals voted him for his loyalty and youthfulness. Before filing his candidacy for the elections, he had conducted a development project worth Rs 5 million in coordination with the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development.
The roads of the municipality were in pathetic condition before Yadav took the initiative to blacktop them, benefitting the locals to a great extent. Locals were desperate for change and he has set a perfect example for it.
Caption: Mayor of Sahidnagar Udaya Barbariya Yadav hearing the grievances of locals.