Khim Lal Devkota, a National Assembly by-election nominee in the Bagmati district, says he has no plans to withdraw his candidacy.
Devkota is running as an independent candidate in the province’s by-election, which is being held by the Election Commission to fill a vacancy left by Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa’s removal from the CPN-Maoist Centre. He did, however, obtain support from the ruling CPN-Madhav UML’s Kumar Nepal camp as well as opposition parties such as the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Centre.
To keep the UML’s official candidate, Thapa, from running again, the ruling party’s rival faction teamed up with the opposition parties and fielded Devkota.
As a result, with the Nepal faction planning to strike a deal with KP Sharma Oli’s UML leadership, the faction’s voters are more likely to vote for Thapa rather than Devkota, and he is more likely to lose. Members of the Provincial Assembly, as well as local government chiefs and deputies, voted in the Upper House elections.
Devkota, however, said in a statement on Friday that he could not reconsider his candidacy because he had received support from other parties such as the Congress, Maoist Centre, and Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal.
The election is set for May 20.