Amendment to include controversial new map passed in Nepal’s lower house

13 June, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

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The controversial new map of Nepal includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura.

Nepal’s lower house of Parliament on Saturday passed an amendment to include a new map incorporating Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura in the Constitution of the country. Nepal’s House of Representatives had on June 10 endorsed a proposal seeking consideration of a constitution amendment bill for change of country’s map after a lengthy discussion.

Nepal has made offers to India to hold “diplomatic talks to resolve the territorial issue” between the two countries. India has said earlier this week that has made its position clear on these issues and deeply values its civilisation, cultural and friendly relations with Nepal.

After Nepal released a new political map last month showing areas like Lipulekh and Kalapani as its territory, India said such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be acceptable to it and noted that the “unilateral act is not based on historical facts and evidence”.

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Earlier on Saturday, Army Chief General MM Naravane said that India has a very strong relationship with Nepal. “We have a very strong relationship with Nepal. We have geographical, cultural, historical, religious linkages. We have very strong people to people connect. Our relation with them has always been strong and will remain strong in the future,” Naravane said here.

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