“Maoists decided to nominate me because they were impressed by my articles published in Kantipur daily.” -Kumar Phodung
By Bishnu Bodhathoki
Having served in the Nepal Army (NA) [former Royal Nepal Army] for 35 years, ex-Major General Kumar Phodung has been nominated as a member of the interim legislature by the Maoists. Talking to the Kathmandu Post, Phodung said, “They decided to make me a parliamentarian without consulting me but I am ready to serve.” He said that he received the information only on Thursday (11 Jan) when he was in Itahari. Phodung also informed that Maoist Chairman Prachanda held a meeting with all nominees at Thamel yesterday.
When asked about his connection with the Maoists, Phodung replied that he had no direct relations with them. According to him, the Maoists decided to nominate him as a parliamentarian after being impressed by his articles, published in Kantipur daily. Phodung who joined the military as second lieutenant, served 35 years and retired in July 2002.
The CPN-Maoist nominees are: Kumar Phodung, Shanta Shrestha, Malla K Sundar, Bhikshu Ananda, Hari Roka, Narayan Prasad Sharma (journalist from Dang), Padamlal Bishwokarma (Dalit activist), Illiyad Alam, Krishna Prasad Acharya, and Krishna Devi Chaudhri (freed Kamaiya). However, Maoist spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara said that the names have only been proposed, and are yet to be formally approved by the party.
The CPN-UML Standing Committee announced the names of its additional 10 nominees to the interim parliament and submitted these to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala this evening. Here are the names:
Bam Dev Gautam,
and Amrit Kumar Bohara (Gautam, Khanal and Bohara had contested the 1999 parliamentary elections from Bardiya, Ilam and Sindhupalchwok respectively.)
Paru Devi Yadav (Siraha) -widow of late Hem Narayan Yadav
Parbati Chaudhari (Kailali)- widow of late Chakra Bahadur Dagaura Chaudhary
Shanti Pakhrin (Dolakha)- widow of late Buddhi Man Pakhrin
Rijwan Ansari (Bara)
Chudamani Jangali BK (Kaski)
Jayanti Rai (Bhojpur)
Rima Nepali (Rolpa)
The People’s Front Nepal announced the three names:
Kaman Singh Lama
Nepali Congress is yet to finalize its list for the interim parliament. The NC has delegated authority to Prime Minister and party President Girija Prasad Koirala to take the decision in this regard. According to a source, these are the probable candidates:
General Secretary K B Gurung, party members Bhim Bahadur Tamang, Laxman Ghimire and Meena Pandey, the PM’s daughter Sujata Koirala, Dr Shekhar Koirala , Suprabha Ghimire, Mitharam Bishwokarma and Sita Devi Yadav.
Meanwhile, the NC-D Central Working Committee meeting failed to finalize the list of its six additional members for the parliament.