In winner-take-all game, some lost by a whisker


Dec 14, 2017-

An election is a winner-take-all game. So, candidates in general are prepared to accept the results sportingly. But when someone loses by a thin margin, the defeat becomes a bit painful. Some close defeats were seen during the recently held House of Representatives (HoR) elections, counting of first-past-the-post votes for which was completed on Wednesday.

Though the left alliance of the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) has completed a clean sweep, for some of its candidates, results came as a shocker. The low margin by which they lost was just an insult to the injury. 

UML’s Bamdev Gautam is one leader who was so close yet so far. He lost to Sanjay Kumar Gautam of the NC in Bardiya-1 by 753 votes. UML’s Bhagawati Chaudhary in Sunsari-3 lost to NC’s Bijay Kumar Gachhadar on Wednesday by 321 votes despite maintaining a lead since the start of the vote count until Tuesday evening. 

In Kathmandu-1, Bibeksheel Sajha’s Rabindra Mishra failed to make it to the House of Representatives as he lost to NC’s Prakash Man Singh by 818 votes. Mishra’s loss cost Bibeksheel Sajha dearly, as it dashed the hopes of the new entrant into Nepali politics of winning a seat. 

The Post has compiled a list of candidates who tasted defeats by a whisker, and most of them are from the Nepali Congress, which has faced the biggest electoral debacle ever with only 36 seats in its kitty against the left alliance’s 116. 

NC’s downfall started from Humla where its candidate Mangal Bahadur Shahi tasted defeat at the hands of Chhakka Bahadur Lama, an independent candidate, by 47 votes. This was the lowest margin by which a candidate won a seat in HoR under the FPTP category.

Close contest


Chhakka Bdr Lama (Independent) 8,491

Mangal Br Shahi (NC) 8,444

Margin 47



Deepak Prakash Bhatta (UML) 26,364

Ramesh Lekhak (NC) 26,106

Margin 258



Polden Chhopang Gurung (UML) 2,300

Tek Bahadur Gurung  (NC) 2,021 

Margin 279 



Bijay Kumar Gachhadar (NC) 38,972

Bhagwati Chaudhary (UML) 38,651

Margin 321 



Jeevan Ram Shrestha (UML) 13,397

Nabindra Raj Joshi (NC) 12,953

Margin 444



Narayan Khadka (NC) 33,142

Manju Kumari Chaudhary (UML) 32,594

Margin 548



Pramod Shah (RJP-N) 22,036

Dhruba Prasad Gautam (UML) 21,465

Margin 571


Dhading -2

Khem Prasad Lohani (UML) 36,256

Dilman Pakhrin (NC) 35,616

Margin 640 votes 



Lal Babu Pandit (UML) 33,941

Shekhar Koirala (NC) 33,266

Margin 675



Sanjay Kumar Gautam (NC) 44,829

Bamdev Gautam (UML) 44,076

Margin 753



Prakash Man Singh (NC) 10,936

Rabindra Mishra (Bibeksheel Sajha) 10,118

Margin 818



Chakrapani Khanal (MC) 29,799

Deep Kumar Upadhyay (NC) 28,853

Margin 946

Published: 14-12-2017 08:25

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