Nepal parliament clears new map, shuts possibility of talks on boundary row

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The passage of the bill, which consolidates Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s standing within and without the ruling Communist Party of Nepal, came on a day hundreds of protesters hit the streets of capital Kathmandu over his government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2020 17:44 IST

There has been no formal response from New Delhi yet to Saturday’s passage of the map at parliament’s special sitting. There has been no formal response from New Delhi yet to Saturday’s passage of the map at parliament’s special sitting. (parliament.gov.np/np)

Nepal’s lower house on Saturday unanimously cleared a constitutional amendment bill to reflect its new map in the national emblem, a move that is seen to virtually make the boundary row a permanent irritant in relations between Kathmandu and New Delhi. The bill was supported by all the 258 lawmakers present and voting.

The passage of the bill, which consolidates Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s standing within and without the ruling Communist Party of Nepal, came on a day hundreds of protesters hit the streets of capital Kathmandu over his government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There has been no formal response from New Delhi yet to Saturday’s passage of the map at parliament’s special sitting. But an Indian official indicated New Delhi has taken note of the government in Nepal manufacturing a boundary dispute and is disappointed at the effort to whip up sentiments against New Delhi.

At the four-hour-long discussion in the House of Representatives that preceded the vote, PM Oli was asked by several lawmakers to take the next steps to reclaim control of Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura from India. Some others from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) favoured continuing with some of the border restrictions on movement of people that have been introduced due to Covid-19 to continue, according to local media portal eKantipur.

To be sure, the Oli government, which had gone ahead to issue the new map last month, has repeatedly claimed that Nepal would “get back the land occupied by India” through dialogue. Nepal has already asked India to convene a foreign secretary-level meeting to discuss the boundary row.

Officials told Hindustan Times that Nepal had precluded the option of dialogue to resolve differences over Lipulekh since it had already gone ahead to formalise the new map.

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