The Nepali Congress' Keshav Dahal is the party's Mahasamiti member. He is a former district unit chief of the party.
Dahal, who was born in 1951, is a former teacher. He has chaired important committees such as the Landless Problem Resolution Committee, Pathibhara Area Development Committee, District Sports Development Committee and the District Red Cross.
During the recently-concluded local elections, Dahal was in the race for Fungling Municipality Mayor but was defeated.
Dahal's main contender for the only seat allotted for Taplejung is the UML's Yogesh Bhattarai.