Nepal's Province 2 bordering India named 'Madhes Pradesh'
Nepals south-eastern Province 2 bordering India has been named Madhes Pradesh with Janakpur retained as its capital, settling a long-standing debate on the regions official reference after it was made a province in 2015.The Provincial Assembly on Monday voted in two-thirds majority for both decisions.
Nepal's south-eastern Province 2 bordering India has been named Madhes Pradesh with Janakpur retained as its capital, settling a long-standing debate on the region's official reference after it was made a province in 2015.
The Provincial Assembly on Monday voted in two-thirds majority for both decisions. Of the 99 voting members, 78 voted for Janakpur as capital and 80 voted for the provincial name Madhes.
Madhes is Nepal's smallest province in terms of area but second largest in terms of population. It borders India (Bihar) in the south and has eight districts - Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Dhanusha, Siraha and Saptari.
Before attaining provincial status, Madhesi parties had extensively campaigned for greater rights, representation and autonomy. Nearly 50 people had died in agitations between September 2015 and February 2016.
The provincial government declared a public holiday on Tuesday to mark the occasion.
''The sacrifice of Madhes people and their dream is reflected in the naming of the province as Madhes. We're happy to have this name for our province,'' he said addressing a celebration program on Monday.
Minister for Physical Infrastructures and Transport, Renu Kumari Yadav, also said the dispute entrenched for long on naming the province has now ended. ''We are proud of Madhes Province,'' she said. The province got its name nearly four years after the provincial assembly election. Of the seven provinces in Nepal, only Province 1 remains to be named.
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