Nepal's Parliament passes bill to update map including Indian territories
The upper house of Nepal’s Parliament approved a new map for the country on Thursday incorporating the Indian territories, in a row that has strained ties between the South Asian neighbours.
Nepal’s National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed the Constitution Amendment Bill to update the country's political and administrative map incorporating the Indian territories, in a row that has strained ties between the South Asian neighbours.
This comes after India termed as untenable the "artificial enlargement" of territorial claims by the Himalayan nation after its lower house of Parliament last week unanimously approved the new political map of the country featuring areas which India maintains belong to it.
The National Assembly, or the upper house of the Nepalese Parliament, unanimously passed the Constitution Amendment Bill providing for inclusion of the country's new political map in its national emblem. The bill was passed with all the 57 members present voting in its favour, PTI reported.
The ties between the two countries came under strain after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.
Nepal protested the inauguration of the road claiming that it passed through its territory. Days later, Nepal came out with the new map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura along the border with India as its territories.
India has rejected the map saying it was not based on historical facts or evidence and sternly asked Nepal not to resort to any "artificial enlargement" of territorial claims.
Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, earlier this month, had said that his government will seek a solution to the issue through diplomatic efforts and dialogue based on historical facts and documents.