N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- Nepali Congress candidate Drug Narayan Pandey has won the Lumbini National Assembly by-election.
Pandey, who has the support of the CPN-Maoist Center, Janata Samajwadi Party, and Rastriya Janamorcha, has defeated the ruling UML candidate Chandra Bahadur Khadka.
Pandey got 42 votes for the state assembly and 118 votes for the local level. According to the Provincial Election Office, Khadka got 40 votes from the state assembly and 94 votes from the local level.
In the election, 296 votes were cast, including 83 members of the state assembly and 213 local level chiefs and deputy chiefs. One-half of the votes in the state assembly and local level were invalid.
Pandey has won the state assembly in 2016 and 2124 at the local level with a total of 4,140 votes. According to the Election Office, Khadka got a total of 3612 votes in 1920 and 1692 at the local level.
Bijayi Pandey had recently resigned from the state assembly and joined the Nepali Congress. He was the joint candidate of the Maoist Center, Janata Samajwadi Party, and Rastriya Janamorcha. Khadka was on the side of Mahanta Thakur of JSP.
Chandra Bahadur Khadka, a member of the National Assembly, resigned from the UCPN (Maoist) after joining the UML. Khadka was the UML candidate in the by-election while Pandey was the Congress candidate in support of the opposition alliance.
Pandey was elected from Kapilvastu 2 (1) on behalf of UML in the 2074 BS state assembly election. Pandey had resigned from the post of state assembly member after Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel resigned and was re-appointed on April 30.
He joined the Nepali Congress on the same day and was made the joint candidate of the opposition alliance for the National Assembly by-election.
According to Congress MP Fakhruddin Khan, the fact that CPN-UML candidate Khadka got only 40 votes out of 83 in the National Assembly by-election has confirmed that Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel is in the minority in the state assembly.
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