Days after passing the controversial bill to redraw its political map in the lower house, Nepal Parliament’s upper house on Thursday unanimously voted to amend the Constitution to update the country’s map claiming over three strategically key areas under the Indian territory along its border.
However on Saturday (June 13), India had reacted strongly after lower house of Nepal Parliament had passed the bill to redraw the political map of the country showing Indian territories as its own. Responding to the development, India had said that “this artificial enlargement of claims is not tenable.”
Claiming over the strategically key area, Nepal last month released the revised political and administrative map of the country more than six months after India published a new map in November 2019.
Nepal’s National Assembly on Thursday (June 18) unanimously endorsed Constitution Amendment Bill to update country’s map incorporating Indian territories. The upper house of Nepal’s parliament passed the new Map Amendment Bill (Coat of Arms) proposal with all the 57 members present voting in its favour.
National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Timilsina said “There was no voting against the bill and none of the members voted for the neutral category as well,”
For authentication the bill will sent to President Bidya Devi Bhandari, which it will be incorporated in the Constitution. After that, the new map will be used in all official documents, including the coat of arms. On May 18 the Cabinet has endorsed the new political map.
Responding to the passing of bill, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava had said that the move by Nepal is violative of the current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues. Srivastava while addressing a press conference said that the Indian government had already made its position clear in the matter and will not change its stance.
The India-Nepal bilateral ties came under strain after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 80-km-long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.
On the inauguration of the road Nepal reacted sharply as that road passed through Nepalese territory. India rejected the claim asserting that the road lies completely within its territory.
Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has been asserting that Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal and vowed to “reclaim” them from India.
– Davinder Panesar, NMTV News