Determined to abolish the 240-year-old monarchy, Maoists in Nepal on Sunday emerged as the surprise single biggest gainers in the early results for the key Constituent Assembly polls while several political heavyweights failed to register a win.
Out of the 73 results declared so far, CPN-Maoists bagged 43 seats, CPN-UML - 12, Nepali Congress of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala - 10, Madhesi People's Rights Forum - 5, Nepal Workers and Peasants Party - 2 and Terai Madhesh Democratic Party - 1.
Prominent figures who lost the elections are CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal (Kathmandu constituency), Nepali Congress (NC) acting President Shushil Koirala (Banke); senior NC leader Sujata Koirala, daughter of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala (Sunsari); former premier and Rastriya Janashakti Party president Surya Bahadur Thapa (Dhankuta) and CPN-UML's senior leader Bamdev Gautam (Bardia).
Eight Nepali Congress leaders, who are close to the Koirala family, lost the election. They include Shashank Koirala, Shekhar Koirala, Ashok Koirala, Leela Koirala, Chakra Prasad Bastola and Amod Upadhyaya.
Following his humiliating defeat, CPN-UML leader Nepal resigned from the party's top post. Similarly, NC acting President Shushil Koirala quit the top post.
CPN-UML lost from all the 15 constituencies in Kathmandu valley's three districts. Nepali Congress received six seats from the capital, Maoists won four and also got three from Lalitpur district bordering Kathmandu while Nepal Workers and Peasants Party bagged two in Bhaktapur district, another neighbouring district.