Dr Swarnim Wagle appointed Vice-president of Rastriya Swatantra Party

Dr Wagle, Nepal's famed economist and former vice-chair of National Planning Commission, had quit Nepali Congress in March and joined RSP. He won the by-election of House of Representatives from Tanahun-1 with a huge margin.

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Kathmandu: The joint meeting of the Central Committee and the Parliamentary Party of Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) concluded in Janakpur on Wednesday appointed Dr Swarnim Wagle as the vice-president of the party. The joint meeting held for three days passed the political report tabled by party President Rabi Lamichhane and the report from General Secretary Dr Mukul Dhakal, according to joint-spokesperson of the party, Pratibha Rawal.

Similarly, the meeting decided to nominate Swarnim Wagle as the Vice-president of the party, Lima Adhikari as the treasurer, Sumana Shrestha and Bipin Acharya as joint general secretaries, Manish Jha, Pratibha Rawal and Ramesh Prasain as joint-spokespersons and Deepak Bohra as joint-treasurer. Anil Keshari Shah, Rajan Gautam, Dr Nandan Yadav, Pukar Bam, and Kamini Choudhary have been appointed as central members.

Dr Wagle, the economist and former vice-chair of the National Planning Commission, had won the election of the House of Representatives from Tanahun-1 from RSP with a huge margin.  In the by-election held on April 23, Wagle had secured 34919 votes while his closest rival Govinda Bhattarai from Nepali Congress got 20092 votes.

Wagle, who was a member of Nepali Congress, quit the party he was affiliated with since the 1986 Satyagraha and 1990’s political movement on March 30 citing that he had been constantly humiliated and insulted by the leadership–Sher Bahadur Deuba and his spouse Arzu Rana Deuba.  Right after quitting the party, he joined Rastriya Swatantra Party led by Rabi Lamichhane.