Province 5 Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel started his political career as a student leader. After becoming President of All Nepal National Free Student Union, student wing of CPN-UML, he was elected as the president of Free Student Union of Tribhuvan University Central Campus, Kritipur. He then got elected as party’s central working committee followed by party secretary and Standing Committee member. Along with the CM, he is also Province 5 in-charge of Nepal Communist Party. Pokharel, who was elected as member of House of Representatives in the past, has experience of leading Ministry of Information and Communication. He was elected Provincial Assembly member from Dang 2 (A) constituency last year.