JANAKPURDHAM, March 3: Preparations have been made to finalise the permanent capital and the name of State 2 through voting in the State Assembly after it could not forge consensus on this matter.
The Province Assembly Secretariat stated that the name and the permanent capital of the Province would be decided through voting on March 6. The Province Assembly would be informed about the process of finalizing the name and the permanent capital a day before the voting takes place.
Province Assembly's speaker Saroj Kumar Yadav said the meeting of the Province Assembly has been called for March 5 after being stalled for nearly three months. He said the Assembly would be informed about the voting process for determining the name and permanent capital on that day.
Speaker Yadav said the voting process would be started at 8 am on March 6. He said four proposals have been registered for naming the Province while three proposals have been registered for determining the permanent capital. According to him, discussions would be held on all the proposals and these would be put to a vote for endorsement of any two by a two-third majority votes.
Although all the parties are agreed on the permanent capital of State 2, there is no consensus regarding the name of the Province. A special committee had been formed under the coordination of Speaker Yadav after the parliamentary parties disputed in the name of the Province.
The ruling Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal are for naming the Province as 'Madhesh Pradesh' and as such have registered a proposal on this whereas the main opposition party, Nepal Communist Party (NCP), has proposed 'Janaki Pradesh' while the Nepali Congress has proposed the name 'Mithila-Bhojpura Pradesh'.
The ruling party, Samajwadi Party, has 30 members, the Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal has 25 members, the main opposition, NCP, has 32 members, the Nepali Congress has 19 members and the Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum led by Rizwan Ansari has one member in the Province Assembly.