India weighing response as Nepal tables bill on new map

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 6/2/2020 10:50:28 AM

New Delhi, June 1 India began weighing various options to send strong messages to Nepal as its Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Shivamaya Tumbahangphe on Sunday presented the Constitution Amendment Bill (second amendment) in Parliament to update the political map of the country that includes Indian territories. Nepal’s Parliament is likely to adopt the Bill even as hectic diplomatic moves are underway. India believes that Nepal is ignoring the fact that the area of Lipulekh (which Nepal is claiming as its territory) has been a border trading point between India and China based on pacts since 1991. The first objection to Lipulekh as part of India’s new map was raised by the Opposition Nepali Congress in November 2019. Subsequently, the ruling party hardened its position as nationalism dominated the discourse in Nepali polity. However, the Oli government’s move could vitiate the atmosphere impacting peopletopeople ties.

 

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