Less than three hours after the new map was passed in the parliament, India issued a statement expressing strong objection to Nepal.

BBC: Two hours after the House of Representatives of Nepal passed an amendment proposal to make the map of Kalapani, Lipulek and Limpiyadhura part of the national emblem, India has given a brief response.  Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a short written response that “there is no historical fact or evidence behind Nepal’s claim”.

 

 

“We have learned that the House of Representatives of Nepal has passed a bill to amend the constitution to change the map of Nepal to include Indian territory.  We have already clarified our position on this issue, ”the Indian response said.

 

“These artificially expanded claims are not based on historical facts or evidence and cannot be defended.  At the same time, this is contrary to our current understanding of negotiating border issues. ”  India had already been dissatisfied with Nepal’s move on the new map.

 

Earlier, he had sharply reacted by saying that “Nepal has encroached through the map”.  The latest tension between Nepal and India began last November when India issued a new map covering the disputed territories.  Since then, the Nepali government has said it has taken the initiative for talks but has not been successful.  Last month, after the Indian defense minister inaugurated a ‘virtual’ road to the disputed land, there was a backlash in Nepal and the Nepali government unveiled a new map.

 

In this context, the remarks made by the Indian Army Chief that Nepal was raised at the behest of someone else had further increased the tension between the two countries.  After parliament passed the amendment on Saturday, Prime Minister KP Oli said talks would now be held with India.  But recent Indian responses have shown that the path to talks is not smooth, say foreign affairs experts.

Similarly, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukunda Narwane has remarked that India’s relations with Nepal have always been strong and will remain strong.  He made the remarks on Saturday while talking about the ongoing dispute with Nepal in Dehradun, India.  Earlier, his statement that Nepal had raised the border dispute at the behest of others had become controversial.

 

His latest statement comes just hours after the lower house of Nepal’s parliament began the process of passing a constitutional amendment to make Kalapani, Lipulek and Limpiyadhura maps part of the national emblem.  The Indian Ministry of External Affairs had expressed dissatisfaction with the activities related to the publication of the new map of Nepal.  Expressing dissatisfaction, foreign affairs experts believe that India is withdrawing from holding talks with Nepal on this issue.

 

“We have always had a strong relationship with Nepal.  We have geographical, cultural, historical and religious ties. ”  “People in Nepal and India also have strong ties.  “Our relationship with them has always been strong and will continue to be so in the future,” he said on Saturday.

 

About a month ago, regarding the Kalapani border dispute, General Narwane had publicly remarked that Nepal “may have raised this issue at the behest of others”.  His indirect allusion was to a possible Chinese intervention.  His remarks were insulting to Nepal, Nepal’s defense minister told the media.