BUTWAL, Oct 5:The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has issued a whip to its lawmakers in Province 5 Assembly to vote in favor of the proposed province name and capital.
NCP whip Bhumishwar Dhakal said that NCP Parliamentary Party Leader and Province 5 Chief Minister (CM) Shankar Pokhrel, during a meeting of the NCP Parliamentary Party, directed the lawmakers representing the ruling side to cast their votes in favor of the recently tabled proposal.
An all-party meeting was also held earlier on Monday morning to forge consensus among the parties. The meeting, however, ended inconclusively.
Endorsing the proposal requires a two-thirds majority in the provincial assembly. Of the 87 MPs in Province 5 Assembly, 61 including CM Shankar Pokhrel represent the NCP while 19 lawmakers belong to the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) and five are from Janata Samajwadi Party. Rastriya Janamorcha and Rastriya Janta Party have a member each in the provincial parliament.