Nepal: President signs new map bill that shows Indian territories as own

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Published: June 19,2020 10:56 AM
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June 19, 2020: Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Thursday ratified the Constitution Amendment Bill shortly after it was unanimously endorsed by the National Assembly for changing the map

June 19, 2020: Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Thursday ratified the Constitution Amendment Bill shortly after it was unanimously endorsed by the National Assembly for changing the political map of Nepal that incorporated three strategically important Indian areas - Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura.



India has already termed as “untenable” the “artificial enlargement” of the territorial claims by Nepal after its Lower House of Parliament on last Saturday unanimously approved the new political map of the country featuring Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas which India maintains belong to it.



The MEA spokesperson said that the artificial enlargement of claims is ''not tenable since it is not based on historical facts or evidence.''





Reportedly, on Thursday, the bill was submitted to Nepal's President for authentication after it was passed by the National Assembly. After her approval, the bill will now be incorporated in the Constitution. The Nepal government had on Wednesday formed a nine-member team of experts to collect historical facts and evidence related to the area.



"We have enough facts and evidence and we'll sit [with India] to resolve the dispute through diplomatic negotiations," Law Minister Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe told Parliament.



Nepal, which was never under colonial rule, has long claimed the areas of Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh under the 1816 Sugauli treaty with the British East India Company, although these areas have remained under the control of Indian troops since India fought a war with China in 1962.



 





It may be stated that Nepal had last month released the revised political and administrative map of the country laying claim over the strategically important areas; more than six months after India published a new map in November 2019.