For Ram Bahadur Thapa, a former Maoist leader who recently joined the ruling CPN-UML, it was a bad day.
Thapa lost his bid for a National Assembly seat just hours after losing his job as Minister of Home Affairs due to a Supreme Court order.
According to the results announced late Thursday afternoon, he was defeated by Khim Lal Devkota of the opposition alliance in the election held on Thursday.
Devkota received 5,088 votes to Thapa’s 4,014 votes.
The UML seemed to have a majority of the vote in the Bagmati province’s electorate, which included members of the Provincial Assembly as well as chiefs and deputies from local governments. He did not, however, win the election because the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the party voted against him.
The angry group was planning to break the party until a week ago. As a result, it had already reached an agreement with the opposition parties to form an alliance for the province’s by-election. Despite the fact that the split proposal was scrapped, the camp chose not to vote for Thapa because Devkota was a loyalist to the party.
As a result of the findings, the UML is once again on the verge of breaking. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s party leadership has already stated that not voting for the party’s official candidate would not be tolerated.