The former Prime Minister, Baburam Bhattarai, has announced a 35-member interim central council of Naya Shakti Nepal in an event organized in Buddha Nagar, Kathmandu. In the interim central council of Naya Shakti Nepal, three Nepali film industry personalities are also included. Actress Karishma Manandhar, actor and producer Ashok Sharma and actor Saroj Khanal are listed as the council members of the new political party, yet to be formally announced.
Video report with the full list of the council members:
The most noted personalities in the council are former finance secretary Rameshwor Khanal, Mumaram Khanal (a political analyst), Keshavman Shakya (former lawmaker), Ganesh Rai (former AIG), and the three film artists.
Also present in the event was the noted businessman Binod Chaudahary, who told that he supports politics of constructive developments and wished best for Naya Shakti.
Talking at the event, actress Karishma Manandhar told that she has joined Naya Shakti in support of the philosophy that the society should always move ahead with new and constructive thoughts.
History of Artists joining political parties
Right after the peaceful political action of CPN (Maoist) a lot of Nepali film artists had flocked to take the membership of the party. The most noted actress was Rekha Thapa who was handed over the membership in a special event. Rekha was successful in gaining the ticket for CA membership election. But, because of her carelessness, the she had to give back the ticket.
After that, Rekha announced that she was no longer a Maoist.
Another actor who had actively participated in political party was Bhuwan KC. Bhuwan tried hard to get the party’s ticket in the CA election. Unlike Rekha, Bhuwan failed to get the ticket. In my analysis in 2013, Bhuwan was victimized in the political game.