In winner-take-all game, some lost by a whiskerAn 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.
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.
Chhakka Bdr Lama (Independent) 8,491
Mangal Br Shahi (NC) 8,444
Deepak Prakash Bhatta (UML) 26,364
Ramesh Lekhak (NC) 26,106
Polden Chhopang Gurung (UML) 2,300
Tek Bahadur Gurung (NC) 2,021
Bijay Kumar Gachhadar (NC) 38,972
Bhagwati Chaudhary (UML) 38,651
Jeevan Ram Shrestha (UML) 13,397
Nabindra Raj Joshi (NC) 12,953
Narayan Khadka (NC) 33,142
Manju Kumari Chaudhary (UML) 32,594
Pramod Shah (RJP-N) 22,036
Dhruba Prasad Gautam (UML) 21,465
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
Sanjay Kumar Gautam (NC) 44,829
Bamdev Gautam (UML) 44,076
Prakash Man Singh (NC) 10,936
Rabindra Mishra (Bibeksheel Sajha) 10,118
Chakrapani Khanal (MC) 29,799
Deep Kumar Upadhyay (NC) 28,853