Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, chief minister of the Karnali Province, started his political journey as the guerilla fighter of then CPN Maoist. A prominent Maoist leader from Karnali region he was Division Commander in Surkhet-based cantonment during the first Constituent Assembly Election. It was only a year since he embraced main stream politics he got elected as the member of the second CA. Shahi had become Minister for Energy in the central government earlier was elected from Kalikot (B) electoral constituency in the provincial assembly election.