KATHMANDU, Nov 6: Main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has drawn the attention of the government toward the new political map of India released by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs which places disputed territory of Kalapani and Lipu Lekha inside its territory.
Nepal has always claimed Kalapani and Lipu Lekha as its territory and has included these parts in its map, although Kalapani is occupied by the Indian security troops since the Sino-Indian war in 1962.
India has placed Kalapani, which is a part of Darchula district of Nepal, under Pithoragarh district in the state of Uttarakhanda.
However, the Government of Nepal has yet to make an official public statement on the new controversial Indian political map.
Nepal Tarun Dal, a youth wing of NC, has raised question over the government’s silence toward the new Indian map.
“Kalapani and Lipu Lekh are the Nepalese territory. The government must immediately make efforts to correct the map through diplomatic channels,” reads a press release issued by the opposition youth wing.
NC Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma also urged the government to make an official reaction and take diplomatic measures to resolve the issue.
“Any question raised over the Nepali land is not acceptable to us,” he added.
Earlier, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Chair Kamal Thapa also cautioned Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli urging the PM to oppose the objectionable and unacceptable Indian political map.