Chief Minister of Bagmati Astalaxmi Shakya. (File Photo)
HETAUDA: Chief Minister of Bagmati Pradesh Astalaxmi Shakya is seeking a confidence vote today.
The voting will take place in the meeting of the Province Assembly on October 27, informed Speaker of the Province Assembly Sanu Kumar Shrestha.
Election was earlier scheduled to take place in the PA meeting on last Thursday. But it could not happen as the meeting took place late, said Krishna Hari Khadka, chief of the Province Assembly Secretariat.
Meanwhile, CM Shakya has urged all lawmakers to vote for her rising political interests to safeguard the Constitution and democracy.
The proposal will be tabled in the PA meeting for endorsement today. However, Shakya is unlikely to get the confidence vote. Shakya had taken the oath of office and secrecy as the first woman Chief Minister of Nepal on August 18.
She is, currently, under pressure to take the vote of confidence as per the constitutional provision after the CPN-UML split to form the CPN (Unified Socialist).
Chief Minister of the ruling party has to take the vote confidence within 30 days of the party split as per the existing constitutional provision.
Bagmati Provincial Assembly has 109 lawmakers including the speaker. Of them, UML has 43 members, CPN (Unified Socialist) has 13 members, CPN (Maoist Center) has 23, Nepali Congress has 22 lawmakers and Janata Samajwadi Party has 1.
Chief Minister Shakya needs 55 lawmakers to retain her post. The opposition parties have already decided to not give the vote of confidence to Shakya.