File photo of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Photograph:( PTI )
Nepal recently published a map showing Indian territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura as its own
Amid rising tensions with Nepal, India's defence minister Rajnath Singh said that "there can never be bitterness among Indians towards Nepal."
Nepal recently published a map showing Indian territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura as its own. India's ministry of external affairs had said that the "artificial enlargement of claims is not based on historical fact or evidence and is not tenable."
"If any misconception has risen among people of Nepal due to construction of road from Lipulekh to Dharchula, then we'll find a solution by sitting together and having a dialogue," India's defence minister said.
"Indo-Nepal ties are not ordinary, we are bound together by "roti-beti" and no power in the world can break it," Rajnath Singh asserted.
Nepal has reportedly been claiming its right on Indian territories on the basis of Kuthi Yankti and Lipugadh streams which flow into river Kali.
India and Nepal boundary issue was first discussed at Joint Working Group level in 1997 and 1998 and in 2014 foreign secretaries of both countries were mandated to work on the issues of Kalapani and Narsahi-Sustaand.
On June 9, the Nepal Parliament had unanimously endorsed a proposal to consider the Constitution amendment bill for endorsing the new political map.
"We have noted that the House of Representatives of Nepal has passed a constitution amendment bill for changing the map of Nepal to include parts of Indian territory. We have already made our position clear on this matter," India's foreign ministry had said earlier, adding, "This artificial enlargement of claims is not based on historical fact or evidence and is not tenable. It is also violative of our current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues."