Nepal is ready to approve the constitutional amendment in the House of Representatives on the disputed map on 9 June. Once signed and passed by the Nepalese President, this new map will get law recognition. In this map, the Indian areas of Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura were described as their own.
Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shivmaya Tumbahangfe introduced the Nepal Map Constitutional Amendment Bill in the lower house of the Parliament of Nepal on 31 May.
It is noteworthy that Kathmandu raised this issue after the Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new road from Dharchula to Lipulekh. Due to this new route, the time taken in the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage can be reduced. Nepal began its protest by asserting its authority over the areas concerned. In this regard, the Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra was called by the Foreign Minister of Nepal, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, and lodged his protest.
After this, the Nepalese President, while addressing the joint session of Parliament, said that new maps of the country will be released, showing all the areas of Nepal. India has responded in this regard and said that Nepal’s change of map in this way is not acceptable. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava has said about the change in the map of Nepal that the Indian government has been included in the revised map of Nepal officially released by the Government of Nepal. This is a one-sided step and is not based on historical facts. Such changes are not acceptable to India.
The ongoing dispute on the Indo-Nepal border is nothing new; under the Treaty of Sugauli in 1816, the king of Nepal lost parts of his territory to the British, including Kalapani and Lipulekh.