Barsaman Pun

Barsaman Pun, also known by his nom de guerre Ananta, is a Nepali communist politician and the current Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation. He is also a member of the Standing Committee in Nepal Communist Party (NCP). He has previously served as Minister of Finance and Minister of Peace and Reconstruction.[1] He was a leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre) during the insurgency period and served as one of 4 deputy commanders of People's Liberation Army.[2]

Barsaman Pun
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Barsaman Pun with his wife Onsari Gharti Magar
Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation
Assumed office
16 March 2018
PresidentBidhya Devi Bhandari
Prime MinisterKP Oli
Preceded byPosition established
Member of House of Representatives from Rolpa
Assumed office
5 March 2018
Preceded byKrishna Bahadur Mahara Rolpa-1
Onsari Gharti Magar Rolpa-2
Minister for Finance
In office
August 2011 – March 2013
Prime MinisterBaburam Bhattarai
Succeeded byShankar Prasad Koirala
Minister for Peace and Reconstruction
In office
14 February 2011 – April 2011
Prime MinisterJhalanath Khanal
Preceded byRakam Chemjong
Succeeded byBishwonath Shah
Personal details
BornJangkot, Rolpa
Political partyCommunist Party of Nepal (Maoist) ( -2018)
Nepal Communist Party (NCP) (2018- )
Spouse(s)Onsari Gharti Magar


He commanded the attack on Holeri police station on February 13, 1996 which marked the beginning of the civil war.[3] He was appointed as Eastern divisional commander following the 2002 central committee meeting.[4] Some of the battles he commanded in this capacity include the attack at Bhiman, Sindhuli in September 2002 which led to the death of 49 policemen and the attack on Bandipur barracks in May 2005.[5] He was appointed as a deputy commander of People's Liberation Army at the Chunbang conference in 2005.[6]

Political careerEdit

Following the Second People's movement and Comprehensive Peace Accord, Pun transitioned into politics. He was elected to the first Constituent assembly from Lalitpur-1. He contested the second Constituent assembly from Morang in line with the party policy of top Maoist leaders to contest the election from the Terai belt. However, he came in third place behind then Congress District Chairman Dik Bahadur Limbu and CPN-UML candidate Ghanashyam Khatiwada. He contested the 2017 House of Representatives election from his home district, Rolpa, and was elected to Parliament.

Electoral HistoryEdit

2008 Constituent Assembly election

Lalitpur - 1[7]

Party Candidate Votes Status
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Barshaman Pun 15,329 Elected
Nepali Congress Udaya Shumsher Rana 14,011 Lost

2013 Constituent Assembly election

Morang - 9

Party Candidate Votes Status
Nepali Congress Dik Bahadur Limbu 15,202 Elected
CPN (UML) Ghanashyam Khatiwada 12,989 Lost
Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Barshaman Pun 8,525 Lost (3rd)

2017 House of Representatives Election


Party Candidate Votes Status
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Barshaman Pun 42,084 Elected
Nepali Congress Amar Singh Pun 20,337 Lost

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Onsari Gharti Magar, a fellow communist politician and former speaker of the Legislature-Parliament.[9]


  1. ^ Kharel, Pranab (4 September 2011). "PM Bhattarai swears in 13 more Cabinet members". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ Ogura, Kiyoko. "Meeting Pasang in Rolpa". Nepalitimes. Kunda Dixit. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  3. ^ Pun, Kiran. "Woeful tale of former commander". Republic. Binod Gyawali. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Nepal's Maoist: Their Aims, Structure and Strategy" (PDF). International Crisis Group. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ "One year of Qualitative Military Leap". OHCHR. OHCHR. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  6. ^ "बर्षमान पुन 'अनन्त' : सैन्य ईन्चार्जदेखि उर्जा मन्त्रीसम्म". Nepalpatra. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  7. ^ Salokya. "भक्तपुरमा ६२ र ललितपुरमा १०७ जना हार्ने निश्चित". Mysansar. Shrestha, Umesh. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Rolpa : Province 1 – Nepal Election Latest Updates and Result for Federal Parliament". Kailash Sirohiya. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Onsari elected First Woman Speaker". The Kathmandu Post. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2015.