Udaya Shumsher Rana

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Udaya Shumsher Rana
उदय शमशेर राणा
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Minister of State for Finance(Nepal) [1]
In office
2017 [2] –2018 [2]
President Bidya Devi Bhandari
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba
President Of Nepal Tarun Dal(Sister and Youth Organization Of Nepali Congress) [3]
In office
2012 [3] –2017 [3]
Personal details
Born (1970-02-27) 27 February 1970 (age 51)
Political party Nepali Congress
Spouse(s)Urvashi Singh Rana
ChildrenAyush SJB Rana, Samar SJB Rana
Alma mater Cornell University,
St Stephen's College,
The Lawrence School, Sanawar,
St. Joseph's School, Darjeeling,
St. Xavier's School, Jawalakhel
Known forYouth Leader Nepali Congress
Website http://udayarana.com

Udaya Shumsher Rana Nepali : उदय शमशेर राणा (born in 1970) [4] is a Nepali politician and a youth leader who served as a Minister of State for Finance from 2017 to 2018. [5] He was the president of Nepal Tarun Dal (NTD) a sister and youth organization of Nepali Congress from 2012 to 2017. [6]


Early life

Udaya Rana with his sons Ayush Rana and Samar Rana at Anfield. Udaya with son.jpg
Udaya Rana with his sons Ayush Rana and Samar Rana at Anfield.

Personal life

Rana was born in Lalitpur, Bagmati Province, to Sagar SJB Rana and Brinda Rana. [7] He has spent most of his formative life in both Nepal and India. [8] He is married to Urvashi Singh Rana and they have two sons Ayush and Samar.


He received his primary education from St. Xavier's School Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. [7] For his secondary education he was sent to St Joseph's College (North Point) in Darjeeling [7] and completed his high school from Lawrence School, Sanawar, India. [8] [7] He received his undergraduate (Bachelors in Arts) from St Stephen's College, [7] University of Delhi and holds a master's degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (USA). [8] [7] He wrote his thesis on Nepal's foreign policy vis-à-vis India and China, which was titled “Foreign Policy of Nepal: Emphasis on relations with India and China”. [9]


Rana has various publications in both Nepali and English in leading Nepali news media [10] [7] and has worked as a consultant to various NGO/INGOs including The Asia Foundation, SNV Nepal, ESPS/DANIDA and others. [7] He is currently the Advisor to the Nepal Shooting Association. [11] [7]

Political career

Just like many Nepali Congress leaders, his political activism commenced in India. [7] During his educational sojourn in Delhi, he established and became the first President of Nepal Students Union, Delhi (Student organization of Nepali Congress Party). [7] [8] In Delhi, he instigated protests and took out rallies in support of the ‘First People's Movement of 1989’ against the autocratic Panchayat System. His interest in global politics and economics led him to join the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) and later was elected as the Vice President. [7]

Udaya Rana Receiving Sushma Swaraj at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal Udaya-Shamsher-Rana&Sushma-Swaraj.jpg
Udaya Rana Receiving Sushma Swaraj at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal

Upon returning to Nepal he devoted majority of his young days in grassroots politics. [8] [7] By 1998, he was already affiliated to Nepal Tarun Dal and was serving as the district president. [7] [6] While being a member of NTD, he fought his first Constitutional Assembly (CA) elections from Lalitpur Constituency #1 in 2008. [6] [7] He lost by a narrow margin of thousand votes. Unfazed by his early loss, he redeemed himself in the Second CA elections in 2013 by defeating by opponent by a little more than 8000 votes. [6] His victory in 2013 started his legislative career. [6] [7]

Udaya Rana with congress personal after winning election. Udaya rally.png
Udaya Rana with congress personal after winning election.

As a Member of Parliament, he was a member of the Finance Committee 2014-17 and was also a member of three sub-committees that finalized bills that was passed by the parliament as an Act, which are as follows: [5] [7]

Electoral history

2008 Constituent Assembly election

Lalitpur - 1 [14]

Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Barshaman Pun 15,329Elected
Nepali Congress Udaya Shumsher Rana14,011Lost

2013 Constituent Assembly election

Lalitpur - 1

Nepali Congress Udaya Shumsher Rana18,560Elected
CPN (UML) Madhusudan Poudel10,682Lost

2017 House of Representatives Election

Lalitpur - 1 [15]

CPN (UML) Nawaraj Silwal 26,951Elected
Nepali Congress Udaya Shumsher Rana20,729Lost

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