Parliament Building at New Baneswor in Kathmandu/File Photo
KATHMANDU: Fifteen persons from Dalit community have been elected to the House of Representatives (HoR) under the proportional category.
According to the Election Commission, those to be elected from Dalit community are Jivan Pariyar (Kaski), Shanti Pariyar (Chitwan), Rupa BK (Kapilvastu), Sita Mijar (Nuwakot), Asha BK (Banke).
They represent Nepali Congress. Similarly, the CPN UML got Ishwor Bahadur Rijal (Dolakha), Prabhu Hajara Dushad (Parsa), Chandra Bishwokarma (Rukum Paschim), Rukmini Rana Baraili (Kavrepalanchwok) and Harkamaya Bishwarkarma (Jhapa).
The CPN (Maoist Centre) got the Dalit members as Ranendra Baraili (Chitwan) and Sushila Shripaili (Arghakhanchi).
Santosh Pariyar (Bhaktapur) and Shiva Nepali (Okhaldhunga) are the Dalit members elected under proportional category of HoR for the Rastriya Swatantra Party. Anita Nepali (Salyan) is the leader of Rastriya Prajatantra Party.
Under the FPTP, CPN UML got Chhabilal Bishwokarma from constituency no 1 of Rupandehi district- only one among the total HoR members under FPTP.
Out of the total 275 members of the House of Representatives, there are only 16 members from Dalit community now.
The Dalit representation declined this time as compared to the previous elections.
Three Dalit leaders were elected (FPTP) to the HoR member in 2074, while their representation was 8.48 percent (151) out of total 601 elected for the Constituent Assembly, 2064.
Among them, seven were directly elected from the CPN (Maoist Centre).
Moreover, for the Constituent Assembly, 2070, the Dalit representation declined to 6.82 percent out of total 601 members.
Among them, two were directly elected from the CPN UML. There were 19 Dalit representatives elected from the 2074 election. Among them, two were from UML and one from Maoist Centre.