Kathmandu, October 28. From a communist cadre to the first woman President of the federal republic of Nepal, Bidhya Bhandari has come a long way.
Born to Ram Bahadur Pandey and Mithila Pandey in Manebhanjyang, Bhojpur, on June 19, 1958, Bhandari joined the communist movement as a student cadre by taking membership of the CPN (Marxist-Leninist) about 35 years ago.
She had her movements of triumphs and tragedies.
The leftist leader, a mother of two daughters, lost her husband, the charismatic communist leader and CPN-UML General Secretary Madan Bhandari, in an accident about two decades ago.
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Here are some highlights of her political career.
1980: Becomes a member of Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist)
1993: Elected chief of women’s department, GEFONT
1997: Becomes Environment Minister
Elected central member of CPN-UML
1999: Elected Member of Parliament from Kathmandu constituency number 3
2007: Elected UML Vice-president
2010: Elected Defence Minister
October 28, 2015: Elected first woman President of the federal republic of Nepal