‘Not Tenable’: India rejects Nepal's constitutional amendment to redraw political map
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Shortly after Nepal’s Parliament passed a constitutional amendment bill to change map of Nepal to include parts of Indian territory, India on Saturday 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 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," he added.
Nepal's lower house of Parliament on Saturday passed an amendment to include a new map incorporating Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura in the Constitution of the country.
Nepal's House of Representatives had on June 10 endorsed a proposal seeking consideration of a constitution amendment bill for change of country's map after a lengthy discussion. The amendment in the schedule is related to an Article concerning coat-of-arms of Nepal.
Nepal has made offers to India to hold "diplomatic talks to resolve the territorial issue" between the two countries. India has said earlier this week that has made its position clear on these issues and deeply values its civilisation, cultural and friendly relations with Nepal.
After Nepal released the new political map last month, India had said such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be acceptable to it and noted that the "unilateral act is not based on historical facts and evidence".
(With agencies Inputs)
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