Kathmandu: Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala, daughter of Nepal's Science and Technology Minister Prakash Koirala, is in the eye of a storm for campaigning for a mayoral candidate for the February 8 local body elections. Parties opposed to the King have described the polls as "stage managed." As Nepal was affected following a nationwide shutdown called by seven pro-democracy parties, the actor was at the Morang District Election Commission office in Biratnagar to propose the name of the mayoral candidate and file nominations on behalf of Binod Aryal, a former member of the Nepali Congress who is running for the post as an independent candidate.
While youth lined up the road to catch a glimpse of Ms. Koirala and asked her to sign autographs, members of the Nepal Students Union raised slogans against her and displayed black flags. The actor was, however, unfazed. "I am not scared of anybody protesting against me...I have come here all the way from Mumbai to get Aryal elected," a report in a national daily quoted her as telling the gathering.
Ms. Koirala is the granddaughter of the Kingdom's first elected Prime Minister late B.P. Koirala. While her grandfather's party the Nepali Congress is boycotting the municipal polls, her father Mr. Prakash Koirala is supporting the elections.