The government of Nepal on Sunday tabled a bill seeking amendments in its territorial region. The new map tabled in its parliament shows parts of India including, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh of Uttarakhand as part of Nepal’s sovereign territory.
The bill tabled by Nepal’s Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe even as Nepal’s Madhesi parties refused to welcome the bill as of now.
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Reportedly, the Nepal government has unveiled a new map on May 20, which includes the aforementioned parts as Nepal’s. The Indian government was quick to brush off Nepal’s claims adding that such map enlargements without any historical facts and figures will not be accepeted.
“This unilateral act is not based on historical facts and evidence. It is contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue. Such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India,” said official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, urging Kathmandu to opt for diplomatic dialogue to settle border disputes.
As per the reports, the passing of the New Map will require a two-third of the majority in the parliament, which will be easily acquired as the matter is related to a country’s sovereignty.
All of the fuss has erupted since November 2, 2019, when India published a New Map after the subrogation of Article 370 in the valley and splitting Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.
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The map showed the status of the newly created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The same map also showed the region of Kalapani as part of the Indian territory, which Nepal claims to be its region. Nepal adds that not just Kalapni, but Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh are also parts of its territory as demarcated in the 1816 Treaty of Sugauli.
Analysts in Kathmandu argue that the territory of Kalapani was given to India by King Mahendra after the 1962 India-China war. Nepali sources have described Kalapani as the core of the border disputes with India.
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The matter was fueled after the inauguration of Darchula-Lipulekh link road passes through the disputed region and will cut travelling time to Mansarovar pilgrimage destinations.