CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal elected Nepal's Prime Minister, fourth communist PM

Who is Jhala Nath Khanal? Khanal is a senior political leader in Nepal. At present he is Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) (CPN (UML)) and Leader of Constituent Assembly Parliamentary Party of CPN (UML). (UML).[1] Jhala Nath Khanal was born on March 20, 1950 at Sakhejung of Ilam district.[2] He was elected as the Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (UML) on February 16, 2009.[3] He led the CPN(UML) as General Secretary from 2008 to February 2009.

He is a former Minister of Information and Communication.

He won the seat of Ilam-1 constituency in 2008 CA elections.

Before he joined UML, he was member of Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist).  He was also the General Secretary of CPN(ML) from 19821986.

He was slapped by one recently publicly for failing to act as per people’s expectation

This small incident (as Jhalnath Khanal thinks and Opines in an interview subsequently) of Jhalnath Khanal being slapped in public should remind most of us the big incident ofshoes hurled on President Bush

 by Al-Zaidi some years ago. Al-Zaidi’s shoeing inspired many similar incidents of political protest around the world and I believe this should be the one in Nepali politics. The aftermath of the Bush incident created a huge controversy and the Nepali media came in support of Al-Zaidi then. Now it will be interesting to see how Nepali media will take this news (take note of newspaper news and editorials published today). Most bloggers and the public interactions on social media are already in support of Devi Prasad though.

Devi Prasad Regmee, a former CPN-UML cadre slapped party Chairman Jhalanath Khanal at a function today in Itahari. Jhalnath Khanal broke into blush and his spectacles fell along with the slap. “I couldn´t tolerate the party leaders ruining the country and slapped Khanal to express my anger” Devi Prasad justified; speaking to the media after being in police custody immediately.


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