New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after passing the controversial bill to redraw its political map in the lower house, Nepal Parliament’s upper house on Thursday unanimously voted to amend the Constitution to update the country’s map claiming over three strategically key areas under the Indian territory along its border.   

Nepal last month released the revised political and administrative map of the country laying claim over the strategically key areas, more than six months after India published a new map in November 2019.

The bill to amend the Constitution to update the new map was tabled in the National Assembly, the upper house on Sunday, a day after the House of Representatives unanimously endorsed it.

All 57 members of the National Assembly, who were present on the occasion, voted in favour of the amendment bill. There was zero vote against the Bill.

National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Timilsina said that 57 members voted for the bill. "There was no voting against the bill and none of the members voted for the neutral category as well," Timilsina said.

Now the bill will be sent to President Bidya Devi Bhandari for authentication after which it will be incorporated in the Constitution. After that, the new map will be used in all official documents, including the coat of arms. The Cabinet had endorsed the new political map on May 18.

Responding to the controversial bill, India had rejected the amendment and said that the ‘artificial enlargement of claims is not based on any historical fact’ and termed the move as ‘not tenable’.

Responding to the passing of bill, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava had said that the move by Nepal is violative of the current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues.

Srivastava while addressing a press conference said that the Indian government had already made its position clear in the matter and will not change its stance.

"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," the spokesperson said.

“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."

 

(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan