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Central Secretary of CPN-UML Shankar Pokhrel was born in 1964 in Bijauri, Dang. Son of Keshav Raj and Tilka Devi, Pokhrel's family includes his wife and two daughters. His elder brother Devi Pokhrel is the CPN-UML's National Representative Council member and his wife Sujita Shakya is the central secretary of All Nepal Women Association. He holds a MBA degree from the Tribhuvan University. He is contesting from Dang-4 in the CA Election 2013 representing CPN-UML.

He came into politics by joining the student protest of 1979. He was involved in ANNFSU and later became the president of the organization. He was the founder president of All India Nepali Free Student Union in India. He also became the FSU chairman of the Central Campus, Tribhuvan University in 1989. He also worked as Kathmandu Valley Committee member of CPN-UML. He was elected as central member of the UML from 1998 till 2008.

Pokhrel was elected as Member of Parliament in the legislative election of 1994 from Dang-3. In 2008, he was inducted to the CA via PR system. He was also appointed as Minister for Information and Communications. 

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