The Nepali Congress (NC) emerged victorious in Biratnagarâ€”the only metropolitan city in Province 1, with the party clinching both the mayoral and deputy mayoral positions.Â
Scripting the biggest comeback in Biratnagar in 20 years, the NC also secured top posts in seven out of the 19 wards in the metropolis.
NCâ€™s Bhim Parajuli won the mayoral race garnering 23,031 votes, 5,710 more than his nearest rival Binod Dhakal of the CPN-UML in the second phase of local elections held on June 28.
Indira Karki was electedÂ as the deputy mayor with 20,146 votes, beating CPN (Maoist Centre) candidate Namita Neupane who garnered 11,524 votes.
Parajuli, 44, the municipal president of the party, started his political career from the Nepal Students Unionâ€”the student wing of the NC. He was active in student politics at Mahendra Morang Campus.
Speaking after the victory, Parajuli said making Biratnagar a â€œlivable cityâ€Â by controlling pollutionÂ would be his first priority.
He also shared his plans to develop infrastructure to make Biratnagar as the provincial capital.
The NC asserted its domination in Biratnagar, with its candidates securing the post of chairperson in Wards 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 16.
The Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal candidates were elected the top post in Wards 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18, while the UML wonÂ in Wards 2, 5 and 11, andÂ the Maoist Centre in 6 and 19.