Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, the first Prime Minister after the nation was declared a republic, was born on December 11, 1954 in Dhikurpokhari-2, Kaski. Son of Muktiram Dahal and Bhawani Dahal, ‘Prachanda’ holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Animal Science. Active since the past 42 years in Nepalese
politics, ‘Prachanda’ spent some six years in teaching and also served at the USAID. He is contesting from Kathmandu-10 and Siraha-5 in the CA Election 2013. He began his political career in 1972 from Pushpal Group and formed Marxist Group in 1975 and later joined CPN (Fourth Convention) in 1978. With full-fledged membership of CPN (FC) in 1979, ‘Prachanda’ was elected as Chitwan District Committee member in 1980. He became Regional Bureau member in 1982 and general secretary of All Nepal Youth Association. In 1984, he became the president of the association, which was followed by some quick successive steps leading him to the party leadership. 1985, he was elected as central member of CPN (Masal)’s 5th General Convention. Shortly afterwards, he became the party’s politburo member. After the party split in 1986, ‘Prachanda’ sided with Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’. While ‘Kiran’ led the party, the Sector Incident of 1989 forced the party chieftain to resign, making way for ‘Prachanda’ to lead the party in 1990 as general secretary.