Gandaki has been proposed as the name for Province 4.
Provincial assembly member Maya Nath Adhikari of Communist Part of Nepal (CPN) speaking during a meeting of the assembly on Thursday proposed the name for discussion.
Parliamentary party leader of Nepali Congress (NC) in the province Krishna Chandra Pokharel participating in the discussion stated that Gandaki is the name that depicts identity of all ethnicities. Stressing that Gandaki is the name for everybody, he pointed that NC has recommended the name right from the beginning.
Krishna Thapa of Rashtriya Janamorcha said it would be difficult to name the province after ethnicities. Pointing that there are just seven provinces and 105 ethnicities in Nepal, he added that nobody should demand any province to be named after an ethnicity. Hari Sharan Acharya of Naya Shakti Nepal, however, proposed that Tamuwan should also be included in the name along with Gandaki.
Sixteen provincial assembly members taking part in the discussion proposed Gandaki as the name. All the parties except Naya Shakti, that has two members in the 59-strong assembly, are in favor of Gandaki.
The assembly was scheduled to discuss the name of province since Tuesday but the assembly meeting could not be held for two days with differences within CPN on the name. Some in the party were in favor of Tamuwan Magrant while others supported Gandaki Tamuwan. But the party finally agreed on Gandaki.