Nepal Puts On Hold Constitution Amendment For New Map

Nepal has taken a step back amid the rift in political and diplomatic relations after publishing a new map covering some parts of India. The new political map of Nepal placed Indian territories of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh in Nepal.

In order to add the new map released by Nepal to its constitution, a proposal for constitutional amendment was to be proposed in Nepal’s Parliament today. But the Government of Nepal removed the proceedings of the Constitution amendment from the agenda of Parliament today.

The Constitution Amendment Bill has been removed from the agenda of Nepali Parliament for the time being with the mutual consent of both the ruling party of Nepal and the opposition party. On Tuesday, Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli called an all-party meeting to form a national consensus on the new map issue. In this meeting, all the party leaders had suggested to resolve any issue by negotiating with India.

India had rejected the new political map as it includes parts of Indian territory.

“This unilateral act is not based on historical facts and evidence. It is contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue. Such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India,” the Indian external affairs ministry said on May 20, 2020.

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