From The Nepali Press
Deshantar, 6 October
FROM ISSUE #115 (11 OCT 2002 - 17 OCT 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The new council of ministers will not have more than 18 members. Sources say that the top candidate for the post of prime minister is Tara Nath Ranabhatt who, by virtue of being a member of the dissolved house, will allow it to look like there is some semblance of a system. Other possible candidates are former prime ministers Kirtinidhi Bista, Lokendra Bahadur Chand, and Dhanendra Bahadur Singh. Keeping in mind that candidates should not be those who would have contested elections, the names of former Chief Justice Bishwanath Upadhyaya, Trilok Prasad Rana, and former Chief Election Commissioner Bishnu Pratap Shah have also cropped up. Other names doing the rounds have been those of non-political professionals and intellectuals, like Dr Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, Dr Devendra Raj Pandey, and Kuber Sharma. From the business community Dr Himalaya Sumshere, Rabi Bhakta Shrestha, Dr Roop Jyoti, Rajesh Kaji and Rajendra Khetan have cropped up, while Ramesh Nath Pandey and Jeev Raj Acharya represent foreign experts. If Pandey is selected to represent the National Assembly, Rabi Bhakta Shrestha and Rajesh Kaji Shrestha might represent the industrialists. Other possible council members include security expert Sachit Sumshere Rana, social worker Anuradha Koirala, woman entrepreneur Yankila Sherpa, and former civil servant Karna Dhoj Adhikari. Representing the indigenous communities, the names of geographer and former head of the National Planning Commission Dr Harka Gurung, and Jit Bahadur Arjel of the Nepal Intellectual\'s Council have been mentioned.