‘Capital issue should be resolved through consensus’

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Rupandehi

Jan 3, 2019-

Province 5 Speaker Purna Bahadur Gharti has said the issue of province capital should be resolved on the basis of political consensus.

Speaking at a programme organised by the Reporters’ Club at Province 5, Gharti said the issue of deciding on the (permanent) capital of the province was crucial, and that the question of determining what sort of capital we need was more important than determining its location. He also said he wanted to finalise the capital as soon as possible, echoing the public’s sentiments.

“A special committee has been formed to resolve the issue,” he said, calling upon all State Assembly members to rise above their personal interests to find a solution.

Main opposition Nepali Congress leader Baladev Sharma Pokhrel proposed that Rupandehi could be the best choice and that the name ‘Lumbini’ would be a suitable name.

Federal Socialist Forum chief Santosh Pandey also suggested Rupandehi should be the province permanent capital. He also added that he supported Pokhrel’s suggestion of declaring Rupandehi as the location of the province capital and re-naming it Lumbini. The delay in the province’s declaring a permanent capital had drawn much concern from the country, Pandey said.

 Although the very first session of the first Constituent Assembly (CA) was conducted on May 28, 2008, and Nepal was declared a federal democratic republic, so far, only three provinces (Gandaki, Karnali and Far-Western) out of seven have finalised their name and permanent capital. The remaining four provinces are still struggling to sort out this issue.

Published: 03-01-2019 08:14

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