Amod Prasad Upadhyay

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Amod Prasad Upadhyay
आमोद प्रसाद उपाध्याय
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Member of Nepali Congress Central Working Committee (CWC)
In office
Sep 21,2010 – Mar 2016
Member of Constituent Assembly of Nepal from Morang-1
In office
May 27, 2008 – May 28, 2012
Succeeded by Rishikesh Pokharel
Member of Interim legislature of Nepal
In office
January 15, 2007 – May 26, 2008
Minister of Education and Sports
In office
March 22, 2000 – May 23, 2002
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, Sher Bahadur Deuba
Member of Pratinidhi Sabha from Morang-1
In office
May 1999 – May 23, 2002
Preceded by Girija Prasad Koirala
Member of Rashtriya Sabha
In office
Personal details
Born (1936-03-29) 29 March 1936 (age 81)
Biratnagar, Nepal
Nationality Nepalese
Political party Nepali Congress
Spouse(s) Gunu Upadhyay
Residence Biratnagar, Nepal
Alma mater Banaras Hindu University
Profession Social Worker
Religion Hindu

Amod Prasad Upadhyay (Nepali: आमोद प्रसाद उपाध्याय born March 29, 1936) is a Nepalese social worker and politician.[1]

Early life[edit]

Upadhyay was born in Biratnagar to Janak Prasad Upadhyay and Chandrakumari Upadhyay.[1] He studied at Adarsha Vidyala in Biratnagar and completed his higher secondary education from Benaras, India. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University.

Political career[edit]

Upadhyay joined politics in 1956 as a Nepali Congress activist. An active member of the outlawed political opposition from 1960 to 1990, he was arrested and imprisoned several times by the Panchayat regime for his pro-democracy activities. He spent a total of 16 months under arrest.[1]

He participated in the 1990 People's Movement and served in the Rashtriya Sabha from 1991 to 1995 as a nominated member. He contested and won the 1999 by-elections for the Pratinidhi Sabha from the Morang-1 seat vacated by Girija Prasad Koirala. Upadhyay was Nepal's Minister for Education and Sports from March 2000 to May 2002 in the cabinets of Girija Prasad Koirala and Sher Bahadur Deuba.[2]

Upadhyay protested the royal takeover of Feb 1, 2005 and was held in detention for several weeks by the government of King Gyanendra citing the Public Security Act (PSA).[3] Following the 2006 democracy movement and the reinstatement of the Pratinidhi Sabha, he served as the Chief Whip of the Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party in the reinstated house and the interim-parliament. In May 2008, he was elected to the Constituent Assembly of Nepal from Morang-1 and was a member of the Judicial System and Security Special committees.[4]

The party's general convention in 2010 elected Upadhyay to the party's Central Working Committee (CWC) from Koshi Zone.[5] He was picked by the CWC to head the Disciplinary Committee of the party on August 15, 2012.[6]

Upadhyay was the Nepali Congress candidate for the 2013 constituent assembly elections from the Morang-1 constituency [7] losing to Rishikesh Pokhrel of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML).

Electoral history[edit]

1999 Pratinidhi Sabha Elections Morang-1 [8]

Party Candidate Votes Status
Nepali Congress Amod Prasad Upadhyay 26,501 Elected
Communist Party of Nepal (UML) Ram Kumar Rai 12,601

2008 Constituent Assembly Election Morang-1 [9] [10]

Upadhyay was the only Nepali Congress candidate elected from the nine seats contested by the party in Morang district in this election.[11]

Party Candidate Votes % Status
Nepali Congress Amod Prasad Upadhyay 11,105 24.30 Elected
Communist Party of Nepal (UML) Ganga Devi Dangi 8,799 19.26
M.P.R.F - Nepal Tulu Ram Rajbansi 7,710 16.87
CPN (Maoist) Shanta Maya Rai 6,945 15.20
Nepal Sadbhawana Party Abdul Rahim Miya 6,165 13.49
CPN (ML) Tusli Prasad Siwakoti 1,422 3.11
Rastriya Prajatantra Party Ratna Rai 1,036 2.27
Others 2,515 5.50
Total 45,697 100

Total Voters: 73,187 Votes Cast: 49,172 (67.19%) Valid Votes: 45,697

2013 Constituent Assembly Election Morang-1 [12]

Party Candidate Votes  % Status
Communist Party of Nepal (UML) Rishikesh Pokharel 14,000 34.17 Elected
Nepali Congress Amod Prasad Upadhyay 10,940 26.70
UCPN (Maoist) Ganesh Uprety 6,501 15.87
M.P.R.F - Nepal Binod Kumar Singh Gangain 3,359 8.19
M.P.R.F - Loktantrik Mohammad Mahtab Alam 2,048 5.00
Nepal Sadbhawana Party Abdul Rahim Miya 1,295 3.16
Others 2,832 6.91
Total 40,975 100

Total Voters: 54,722 Votes Cast:44,191 (80.76%) Valid Votes: 40,975


  1. ^ a b c Constituent Assembly of Nepal, Member Details Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Nepali). Retrieved Sep 18, 2013
  2. ^ Members of the Council of Ministers (July 25, 2001) Archived March 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Sep 18, 2013
  3. ^ Asian Human Rights Commission, List of arrested political leaders and human rights defenders. February 18, 2005.
  4. ^ Constituent Assembly of Nepal, Member Details Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Sep 18, 2013
  5. ^ [1] My Republica, NC Elects Inclusive CWC. Sep 27, 2010
  6. ^ The Kathmandu Post, NC for judicial review of Khadka verdict, Aug 16, 2012. Retrieved Dec 12, 2013. "Thursday's CWC meeting also picked heads of three departments of the party. Leaders Amod Prasad Upadhyay, Yadunath Khanal and Ramkrisna Ghimire were picked as chiefs of the party’s Disciplinary Committee, Election Committee and Accounts Committee respectively. Chiefs of other departments were already picked by President Sushil Koirala about two weeks ago."
  7. ^ My Republica, NC picks FPTP candidates for 235 constituencies Archived October 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Oct 1, 2013. Retrieved Oct 10, 2013
  8. ^ Election Commission of Nepal, Finalised Constituencies With Top Two Candidates Archived March 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved Sep 18, 2013
  9. ^ Election Commission of Nepal, Constituency-wise Total Voters, Casted Vote, Valid Vote, Invalid Vote and its Percentage in FPTP Election System. Retrieved Nov 02, 2013.
  10. ^ Election Commission of Nepal, Results in District(Map).(Nepali). (Requires Nepali PCS Font). Retrieved Nov 02, 2013.
  11. ^ Election Commission of Nepal, District Wise Top 3 Candidates, Retrieved Sep 18, 2013. Shekhar Koirala was subsequently elected in the by-election for the Morang-7 seat vacated by Bijaya Kumar Gachhedar
  12. ^ [2] Ekantipur,Constituent Assembly Election,2070. Retrieved Nov, 23, 2013