As Nepal gears up for the local polls slated for May 13, CPN (UML) has finalized its candidates for the two Sub-Metropolitan Cities of Province 1.
The five-party ruling alliance has not yet finalied names of mayoral and deputy mayor candidates for these two sub-metropolitan cities of the province.
In Itahari, UML has picked incumbent Itahari UML chair Yam Subba as mayoral candidate. For deputy mayoral candidacy, UML has picked Sangita Chaudhary. An indigenous inhabitant of Itahari, Chaudhary is incumbent joint-secretary at All Nepal Women's Association (ANWA) Itahari chapter. ANWA is UML's sister organization for women. Both Subba and Chaudhary are new faces for local levels. They have not worked in any local level positions before.
Likewise in Dharan, UML has picked Manju Bhandari as mayoral candidate. Bhandari is incumbent deputy mayor of Dharan. She had also worked as the acting mayor of Dharan from 2075 BS to 2076 BS. UML has chosen Padam Prashad Limbu as the deputy mayor of Dharan. Limbu has also worked as Ward Number 19 chairperson during the time of mayor of Manoj Menyangbo from 2054 BS to 2059 BS.
Dharan and Itahari are the only Sub-Metropolitan Cities in Province 1. UML has fielded its woman candidacy for Sub-Metropolitan City for the first time for the mayoral position.
Source: National News Agency Nepal