Jananeta Ka. Madan Kumar Bhandari

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Jananeta Ka. Madan Kumar Bhandari
Kathmandu Bagmati Province (बाग्मती प्रदेश) Nepal
Politics, Political Parties & Public Figures
1 Yr


Madan Kumar Bhandari (Nepaliमदनकुमार भण्डारी) (27 June 1951– 16 May 1993) was a Nepalese politician and a sensational youth Communist leader who rose to prominence after emerging as the leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) and defeating the incumbent Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai in the 1991 general election. The New York Timesfeatured him,writing, "Karl Marx lives in Nepal."Bhandari was born in Dhungesangu village of Taplejung district of eastern Nepal. He studied in Medibung School in Taplejung and in VaranasiIndia. In 1972, he became the central committee member of the Janabadi Sanskritik Morcha (Democratic Cultural Front), a student movement launched by Pushpa Lal Shrestha. Around 1976, he left Pushpa Lal's Communist Party of Nepal to launch the Mukti Morcha Samuha ("Liberation Front Group"), which formed an alliance with the survivors of the Jhapa Movement in 1978. He was a founder member of the Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) preceding the 1980 referendum and was elected general secretary at its fourth national in 1986.

When CPN (ML) merged into the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) in 1991, Bhandari became the general secretary. He was the engineer behind the program of CPN (UML) "People's Multiparty Democracy"), which led his party as the strongest communist party of Nepal for several years even after his death.

1991 Elections and aftermath

The UML party, under the leadership of Bhandari, won all but one seat in the Himalayan capital in 1991 elections, the country's first free elections in more than three decades. "It is a vote for democracy. It is a vote for independence. It is a vote for the alleviation of poverty," said Bhandari afterwards.

He believed that the way for communists to gain power was through popular vote and not radical armed movements. However, shortly after the elections, he died mysteriously in a car accident in DasdhungaChitwan.


On 16 May 1993, Bhandari died, supposedly in a car accident without any eyewitness.Many believe he was murdered. Among the three passengers inside the car, only the driver Amar Lama survived; the two leaders Madan Bhandari and Jeev Raj Ashrit died.

His body was recovered three days later and kept in Dasharath Rangashala where people visited that day and into the night to pay their respects.

The only survivor of that crash, driver Amar Lama, was murdered 10 years later. A group of unidentified gunmen abducted Lama from the office of Tajakhabar Weekly tabloid at around 13:45. They took him in a taxi to the hamlet of Kirtipur on the southwestern outskirts of the capital, and shot him dead. The assassins then fled towards Panga village.



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