Rajan KC: The Man, who defeated Prachanda

Rajan KC: The Man, who defeated Prachanda

Till yesterday, very few and that also Nepali Congress people only knew him, let alone the media that always chases some known faces. But from today, he will be everywhere in newspapers, and people will be talking of him. No wonder, Rajan KC's grinning pictures and success stories will be splashed all over the newspapers tomorrow, after his victory against UCPN-Maoist supremo Puspa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' – in the Constituency No 10 of Kathmandu – where he had lost six years ago against the same person. When in 2008, he lost against Prachanda, everyone took it easily. But after six years, it's a different story. He defeated one of the most powerful political figure of the country. From today's his identity will be as a Man, who defeated 'Prachanda'. KC defeated Prachanda with 20,392 votes as Prachanda received only 12,859 votes becoming third, as the CPN-UML's Suresh Manandhar also pushed him behind. KC, who entered into the politics due to his copusin brother Dr Ramsharan Mahat, has been in the forefront of the politics since 1990 movement. The underdog after his victory today claimed that it’s a victory of democracy and the UCPN-Maoist and its supremo lost due to their weakness to feel the pulse of the people. Has the UCPN-Maoist failed to understand people's sentiment? What went wrong in last six years that the people did take a complete 360 turn and most of the UCPN-Maoist leaders are defeated as by tonight only five candidates have won in the 240 seats of Fast Past the Post (FPTP). There could be many theories but Prachanda, himself organising a press meet today morning, blamed the foreign forces – as always a typical communist style – for rigging the poll and pushing them out of the CA. People voted for the two forces – Nepali Congress and CPN-UML – giving them the mandate to draft a democratic Constitution as earlier CA failed to deliver its promise and was dissolved on May 28, 2012 due to high-pigheadedness of UCPN-Maoist. Dr Baburam Bhattarai, who was heading the government then handed over the government – by amending the Interim Constitution – to former bureaucrats led by the Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi, against the principal of power separation and natural justice due to his political ego. Had he shown a political culture and handed over the government to another political parties, the scenario could have been different. In democracy, the people decide, who they want to be in power through ballot in the periodic elections, and the political parties have no option than to accept the people's verdict.
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