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Revolving door MPs



After the special election courts reversed the election result of Rajendra Prakash Lohani in favour of Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani, it now seems that a trend has set in, whereby a number of candidates who have been officially declared victors stand to lose their seats. Foreign Minister Chakra Bastola may be the next one asked to vacate his post. Bastola had won by a margin of 26 votes, and his closest rival Yuktha Bhetwal had filed a case seeking a recount, citing there were irregularities in the counting process. After a lot of legal acrobatics, the court has finally ordered a recount, and many expect Bhetwal to win this time. The constituency is Jhapa-4, and Bastola had polled 15,671 votes, as against Bhetwal\'s 15,645.

Similarly, recounting is also set to take place in Rupandehi-4. The losing candidate Deepak Bohara of the RPP had filed for the same, and it is expected that the sitting MP Duryodhan Choudhary of the Nepali Congtess, will end up the loser. Choudhary had earlier won by a margin of 321 votes.

Another UML heavy-weight, K.P. Oli is also trapped by the court\'s decision to call for recounting in his constituency. The constituency in question is Jhapa-2 where Oli had defeated Giriraj Kumari Prasai of the NC by a grand total of 17 votes. Oli had polled 18,909, while the NC candidate had won 18,892 votes.

Rukum-2 is also waiting for a recount. In this constituency, Gopalji Jung Shah (NC), who was defeated by the UML\'s Tirtha Gautam, had filed for a recount, to which the courts have agreed. Shah had lost by 496 votes.

In all these cases, it is expected that those who had been declared elected may have to vacate their seats in favour of the losers.


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