With the endorsement of Raut’s candidacy for the post, he has been viewed as Chief Minister of Province 2. Raut, the resident of Parsa, presently is the party vice chairperson. He was elected to the State Assembly of Province 2 from Parsa and represents Nepal’s marginalized Muslim community.
A meeting of the party kicked off in Janakpur Saturday agreed to pick his name as the provincial parliamentary leader late night Sunday. A total of seven candidates including Raut had registered their names, expressing willingness to become a parliamentary leader in Province 2.
Raut’s candidacy was endorsed unanimously as remaining other candidates withdrew their names in course of efforts for consensus.
The FSFN headed by Upendra Yadav has maximum 29 seats in Province 2 comprising eights districts in the Tarai/Madhesh and the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) is in the second place with 25 seats.