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Rajendra Mahato

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Rajendra Mahato
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President of the Sadbhavana Party
Assumed office
President Rajendra Mahato
Personal details
Born (1958-11-19) 19 November 1958 (age 58)
Babarganj, Sarlahi District, Nepal[1]
Nationality Nepalese
Political party Nepal Sadbhavana Party
Alma mater Master in Law[1]
Religion Hinduism

Rajendra Mahato (born 19 November 1958) is a Nepali politician and the President of the Nepal Sadbhavana Party (NSP) party. He is one of the highest-ranked member of the Terai-Madhesh based parties alliance.[2]

Early life and career

Mahato was born in Sarlahi of Nepal, on 19 November 1958.,[1] as the first children of Khobhari Mahato. He holds degree of Master in law. He earlier held Indian citizenship, and became a Nepalese citizen by naturalization around 35 years ago.[3]

Political career

He started his political career from 1990.[1] In the 1994 parliamentary election, he stood as the Nepal Sadbhavana Party candidate in the constituency Sarlahi-2. He came second with 10173 votes. In the 1999 parliamentary election he won the seat with 14750 votes, defeating former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party.[4] In 2007, Mahato broke away from NSP(A) and formed his own party, which later acquired the name Sadbhavana Party[5] Mahato resigned from the interim parliament on January 19, 2008.[5]

In April 2008, he won the Sarlahi-4 seat in the Constituent Assembly election.[6]

Mahato lost his seat in the 2013 constituent assembly elections to Mahendra Rai Yadav of the Terai Madesh Sadhbhawana Party Nepal.[7] The party nominated his wife Sahil Devi Mahato to the Constituent Assembly from the five seats assigned to the party under proportional representation.[8]

Mahato has also become a leader for the Madhesi people, and stated concerns about Nepal's proposed constitution, calling it a ploy to subjugate the Madhesi.[9]