Narayan Kaji Shrestha
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Narayan Kaji Shrestha (Nepali: नारायणकाजी श्रेष्ठ), alias Prakash, is a Nepalese communist politician. Prakash is the deputy leader of the parliamentary party of unified Maoist. In July 2008, he became a nominated Constituent Assembly member, representing Janamorcha Nepal. His the then party unity center masal got united with NCP Maoist on January 13, 2009. After that Prakash got major responsibilities in the unified Nepal communist party Maoist. He was given control of the Parliament and government before he was made the deputy leader of the unified Maoist in the parliament.
On 2 August 2011 Shrestha was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister in the final cabinet expansion of the Jhalanath Khanal (CPN-UML) led government. After Prime Minister Khanal's resignation on 14 August 2011, he remained in those positions in an acting capacity. On 4 September he was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in the new Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) coalition government led by Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai. On 7 September 2011, he was appointed official government spokesman. From 19–26 September 2011, he participated in the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Prakash fell away from Prachanda after the CPN-Unity Centre decided to wage an armed revolt in 1996. Addressing his first public function, Prakash said the road to republic was still full of obstacles and that all forces that believe in democratic republic, should unite. The 47-year-old leader was born in Jaubari village of Gorkha and holds a master’s degree in public administration. He joined Nepal’s communist movement in 1980.
He played a role in bringing the seven parties and CPN-Maoist together in creating the 12-point Understanding for the democracy movement in mid-April 2006.
The movement culminated into a success with the king agreeing to hand over power to the seven parties.
He was a second rung leader in the CPN-Unity Centre before its major leaders formed CPN-Maoist and opted for an armed rebellion in 1996. He, however, did not join the rebellion on the grounds of working policy but helped it from outside while continuing with his peaceful political activities despite being underground as general secretary of the Unity Centre.
Presently, he is the deputy leader of the parliamentary party of unified maoist and central secretariat.
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