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Former CEC SY Quraishi set to tie knot with Nepalese poll commissioner Ila Sharma

A year after meeting each other at a conference in Mexico, former chief election commissioner of India, SY Quraishi (69) and current election commissioner of Nepal, Ila Sharma (49), are reportedly set to tie the knot.

Ila Sharma and SY Quraishi. Twitter

Ila Sharma and SY Quraishi. Twitter

Was it a love at first sight? We can't say for sure, but according to a news report published in The Telegraph, it was nothing sort of a "boy-meets-girl" episode, one where a veteran election officer found more than just politics to share with an election commissioner from a neighbouring country.

An author of several articles and books, including the popular, Social Marketing for Social Change, Quraishi is a popular face in Delhi's social circle. A 1971-batch IAS officer and alumnus of St Stephen's College, Quraishi was earlier married to journalist and columnist Humra Quraishi.

Sharma, on the other hand, has been a champion of election reforms in Nepal for decades. According to her LinkedIn profile, the former journalist holds degrees in law, bio-science as well as Sanskrit. According to The Telegraph, Sharma's husband "Nawaraj Poudel, a police inspector, was killed by Maoists in Western Nepal, 15 years ago, and has two daughters".

"This is a personal bond between us," Quraishi told The Telegraph. Though "reluctant" to speak on the subject, according to the Kolkata-based daily there may be the "possibility of a wedding this week". The report also says that both the bride and groom had faced "mild resistance" from their families about their union.

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