Tilak Rai of Nepali Congress (NC) has guaranteed victory in the election for mayor of Dharan Sub-metropolitan City.
Rai, who had lost the last local election to CPN-UML's Tara Subba, has built a lead of 2,602 votes over Prakash Rai of ruling CPN securing 25,995 when 53,517 votes have been counted. "Counting in just ward 13 with 1,300 votes remains. Our historic victory has been ensured," NC Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma told Setopati.
NC will lead Dharan, that has remained a red fort, for the first time since the restoration of democracy in 1990.
The then CPN-UML chairman Man Mohan Adhikari had contested the first general election from this safe constituency in the first general election in 1991. UML had won all the subsequent local elections held in Dharan since 1990 but CPN, formed after unification of UML and CPN (Maoist Center), has lost Dharan this time.
Tara Subba of UML had defeated Tilak Rai by around 4,000 votes in the last local election. UML had swept Dharan bagging 14 of the 20 wards with NC emerging victor in five and Maoist Center in one.
Published Date: Monday, Mangshir 16, 2076, 11:16:00