Dr. Narayan Khadka, the newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs, was sworn in by President Bidya Devi Bhandari, who also administered the oath of office and confidentiality. In the presence of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, the new Minister took his oath of office today during a ceremony at the Rastrapati Bhawan, Shital Niwas, New Delhi.
Also in attendance were Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota and National Assembly Chair Ganesh Prasad Timalsina, as well as other dignitaries.
Dr. Narayan Khadka, Minister of Foreign Affairs, was born on March 20, 1949, in the Indian city of Bhojpur. He began his political career in 1966 as a member of the student movement, which was his first political engagement. His involvement in Nepali Congress political affairs began with the party’s student department and has continued to this day. Dr. Khadka is currently the most important member of the party’s central committee.
He was first elected to the Constituent Assembly from Udayapur constituency -1 in the 2008 election, and he was re-elected to the Constituent Assembly for the second time from the same district in 2013. He has served on the Constituent Assembly since 2008.
After being elected to the House of Representatives in his home district in 2017, Dr. Khadka was elected to the Senate in his home district in 2018. In 2013, he was appointed Minister of Urban Development, and in 1999, he worked as an advisor to then-Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, who appointed him to the position. As Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC) in 2000, Dr. Khadka also served as a member of the Cabinet.
During the course of the political campaign for the establishment of democracy, he was also arrested and detained multiple times in Kathmandu and Biratnagar, where he served five distinct prison sentences at various times. Dr. Khadka has been involved in politics for more than four decades and has a strong interest in social service and study, in addition to his political activities. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and is widely regarded as a powerful leader in the Nepali Congress due to his position in the party. He has been honoured with a number of awards, including the Medal of the Constituent Assembly.