Nepal Parliament delays taking up constitutional amendment for controversial new map

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi Published: May 27, 2020, 02:32 PM(IST)

New Delhi sees increased Chinese role in Nepal. Photograph:( WION )

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The recently released new Nepal Map, which shows Indian territories as its territories, can get legal backing only after the constitution is amended.

Nepal parliament has delayed taking up the constitutional amendment for the Nepal Map that was to be taken up by the House of Representative.

The recently released new Nepal Map, which shows Indian territories as its territories, can get legal backing only after the constitution is amended.

No reason has been given why Constitution Amendment Bill for Nepal Map was removed from Nepal's House of Representatives agenda. The initiative was taken by the government with the opposition Nepal Congress yet to endorse it in its central committee meeting.

"The decision on the amendment to update the map will be made at the forthcoming Central Working Committee meeting. We requested that amendment be put on hold for time being," Krishna Prasad Situala of Nepali Congress was quoted as saying by Kathmandu Post.

Nepal Law Minister Dr. Shivamaya Tumbahangphe was to present the 'Constitution of Nepal Second Amendment Bill 2077' in Wednesday's meet of the Parliament. 

The Nepali government last week issued a new, controversial map of the country which showed Indian territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura as its own. Earlier this month Nepali President addressing the joint session of the Parliament said the new maps of the country will be published that will show all areas it considers its own. 

The ongoing dispute is not new and dates back to 1816 when under the Treaty of Sugauli, King of Nepal lost parts of its territory to British including Kalapani and Lipulekh. 

The development comes even as Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli has said increase in a number of COVID-19 cases in the country is due to unchecked inflow of people from India.

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