Senior leader of the Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Poudel has filed his candidacy for the presidential election being held coming March 9.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and top leaders from various political parties reached the Federal Parliament building at New Baneshwor today to register Poudel's candidacy.
Poudel has been proposed for the presidential candidate by NC's President Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairperson Madhav Kumar Nepal, CPN (Maoist Centre) Senior Vice-Chairperson Narayankaji Shrestha, Janata Samajwadi Party leader Ashok Kumar Rai and Abdul Khan of the Janamat Party.
Likewise, supporters for Poudel's candidacy in the presidential bid are Chairperson of Lokatantrik Samajwadi Party Nepal, Mahantha Thakur; Vice-President of Nepali Congress, Purna Bahadur Khadka; Chairperson of Nagarik Unmukti Party, Ranjita Shrestha; Chairman of Rastriya Janamorcha, Chitra Bahadur KC; and Chief Whip of CPN (Maoist Centre), Hitraj Pandey.
President hopeful Poudel was elected Member of the House of Representatives from Tanahu-1 from the November 20 election.
Also, he was elected to the parliament from Tanahu in 2048 BS, 2051 BS, 2056 BS, 2064 BS and 2070 BS.
Leader Poudel had already served as Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs and led the Ministry of Local Development, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Communications and Information in the past.
He also served as the Speaker of the HoR. Born in 2001 BS at Bahunpokhara of Risti Rural Municipality in Tanahu district, Poudel forayed into politics at the age of 16.