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A central member of CPN-UML, Gokarna Raj Bista was born on July 1, 1965 in Dohali-3, Gulmi. Son of Bhim Bahadur and Chinta Kala Bista, he commenced his political career in 1978.

Succeeded to take out his name in Public Service Commission in 1983, he quit the government job immediately as disputes erupted with Kaji Man Kandnawa, Anchaladish(zone chief), on the very first day of his job,.  Then onwards, he joined politics and took membership of the party in 1986.

Bista served as a Bagmati zone chairman and a Kathmandu district chairman of ANNFSU, students’ wing of CPN-UML. He took assignment as a Chief to different departments such as Organization committee of Central Committee, Education Department, Creative Department, Publicity and Promotion Department.

After involving with students’ politics, he joined the working committee of then Democratic National Youth Association DNYA (Now Youth Association of Nepal) in 1993. He became the chairman of DNYA for two terms starting from 2000 after being general secretary in 1996.

Bista, who served as an in-charge to different departments like Local Department, Students’ Department and Youth Department, is currently serving as an in-charge to Intellectual Council of CPN-UML.

A parliamentarian of 1996 parliament, elected from Gulmi-3, Bista was appointed as a Minister for Energy during Jhala Nath Khanal led government. In 2008 CA election, he was defeated by then CPN-Maoist’s candidate from same constituency,Gulmi-3.

A locally popular leader Bista became quite popular for his attempts to implement the revolutionary changes in country’s power sector including power cuts. Simple and friendly Bista holds Master’s degree in Management Faculty and Bachelor’s degree in Law.

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