Province 7 approves name, capital cityPosted 3 months ago by Sandeep Bhattarai
The meeting of Provincial Assembly of Province 7 held on Friday approved the proposal on the location for provincial capital and naming of the province with a two-thirds majority.
A five-member special recommendations committee on Tuesday had recommended the Tegharu of Godawari Municipality 2 and 4 of Kailali district to be the capital city of Province 7, and the ‘Sudur Paschim Pradesh’ as its name.
The second meeting of the assembly saw CPN parliamentary party’s Chief Whip Taralal Tamang tabling the proposal that was seconded by the member of the same parliamentary party Birman Chaudhary and Shanti Nepali.
In the voting taken place during the tabling of the proposal for decision making, altogether 38 votes were cast for the proposal seeking decision for the capital city and the naming of the province while there was not vote against it.
Speaker of the House of Province 7, Arjun Bahadur Thapa, declared that the proposal tabled for the determining the capital city of the Province and its name was endorsed by two-thirds majority as of the total 53 members in the Province Assembly, 38 had voted for the proposal.
A five-member special recommendations committee coordinated by the Chief Whip Tamang had submitted a proposal to the Province Assembly on Tuesday which recommended the Tegharu of Godawari Municipality 2 and 4 of Kailali district to be the capital city of Province 7.
The team had suggested ‘Sudur Paschim Pradesh’ as the name of the Province 7.
Opposition party boycotts meeting
Although the Province Assembly meeting approved proposal on the place for provincial capital and naming of the province with a two-thirds majority, the major opposition party-Nepali Congress (NC) and Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) boycotted the meeting, expressing their disagreement with the location of the capital city and the province name.
As soon as the meeting started, the NC members stood from their respective places in a gesture of protest.
Speaker Thapa allotted time for the disagreeing members where RJP’s Malamati Kumari Rana Tharu claimed that the process of the team formed for furnishing suggestions for the location of capital city and name of the Province 7 was incomplete and illegal.
Rana Tharu argued that the RJP was not included in the team which she termed as disrespect to the party. The members from NC and RJP walked out of the meeting hall, stating that they would boycott the meeting of province assembly until the representation of their parties in the team.
Earlier in the first meeting of Province Assembly, NC members had chanted slogans standing at the rostrum and disrupted the meeting.