All eyes on Dhanusha-3 as district heavy-weights vie in polls

Janakpurdham, 13 November, 2017 : As the election fever has already gripped the country, the Dhanusha constituency no. 3 has grabbed the wider public attention with the registration of candidacies by two ‘powerful’ leaders for the election to the House of Representatives to be held in the district on December 7 as other 44 districts.
Nepali Congress leader Bimlendra Nidhi and Rastriya Janata Party’s Rajendra Mahato, who are taken as influential leaders within their respective party, are in the election race.
NC leader Nidhi a popular face in the district and familiar figure in the national politics as well, has already served at different ministries and as the Deputy Prime Minister, while the presence of Mahato, cannot be underrated in this Terai district. “Who will win the election, either Nidhi or Mahato,” the Dhanusha people are busy in giving their prediction.
Both leaders have intensified the election publicity campaign in a bid to win people’s confidence. They keep themselves busy from dawn to dusk in the publicity campaign as the seemed sure that they would be in a tight race in the election.
Vote from the Muslim community in the constituency are likely to count more in the determination of fate of election candidates and the two are seemed making utmost efforts to win their hearts as they do not want to lose the opportunity to represent the constituency in the centre. Nidhi who had already enjoyed his twice victory from the Dhanusha-3 in the previous elections had won once from the Dhanusha-4 as well.
Mahato had moved to the district leaving his hometown Sarlahi.
However, Ram Singh Yadav, the election candidate from the leftist alliance is a new face for the people of Dhanusha constituency no.3.
Dhanusha is the ancestral district of Nidhi. Son of popular Nepali Congress leader Mahendra Narayan Nidhi, Bimalendra Nidhi has already won two elections from Dhanusha. He won Nepal Legislative election 1994, and Constitution Assembly election 2013. Though was defeated by Krishna Pratap Malla in 1999 Legislative election, his ancestral legacy and previous wins are strong bases for Nidhi’s victory in the upcoming polls.
But, Mahato is a new and strong challenger for Nidhi. Mahato is also hopeful of getting support from left alliance since NC is the top rival of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) alliance.
Nevertheless, the left alliance has fielded Maoist Center’s leader Ram Singh Yadav as a common candidate in Dhanusha-3 against Mahato and Nidhi. But, Yadav is a weaker candidate comparing to the two heavyweights.
Mahato had won the Constitution Assembly election 2013 from Sarlahi-4. A popular candidate from Madhes, Mahato came to highlight during the Madhes movement that broke after the Constitution promulgation in September 20, 2015. On the contrary, Nidhi was the Home Minister during the Madhes movement . And, Mahato, in his election publicity programs, is campaigning that Nidhi had led the suppression of the Madhes protest that killed 46 people including protestors and 10 security personel.
Mahato also claims that he came to contest polls in the constituency to replace Nidhi, who despite being elected again and again in previous elections, failed to develop Janakpur. He is also using Madhes issues as his slogan to woo voters in the constituency.


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