KATHMANDU, Nov 12: The heads of 6 political parties came together to form a United National Movement to protest against the inclusion of Nepalese land of Limpiadhura, Kalapani, and Lipulek in the newly released Indian map.
Organizing a joint press release at the Reporters Club yesterday six heads of various parties C.P Mainali of Nepal Communist Party Marxist, Nepali, Haribol Bhattarai of Nepali Congress B.P, Govinda Niraula of Nepal Socialist Party Congress, Subhash Raj Kafle from People’s Socialist Party, Bhawana Bidhrohi of Nepal Communist Proletariat Party Maoist, and Dhanshyam Bhandari of People’s Democratic Party were present on the occasion.
The leaders expressed their strong dissatisfaction and displeasure of India unilaterally keeping Nepali territory in their maps hurting the integrity of the Nepali people.
The press release stated, “the newly released map of India that shows Limpiadhura, Kalapani, and Lipulek as their territory has hurt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nepal and it is a direct attack”. We oppose this attitude of the Government of India (GoI), and they have to immediately take corrective measures which are a pressing demand”.
The press release highlighted that Nepal was always independent and will always be. It has also respected the freedom and sovereignty of its neighbors and expected the same. “The freedom attained through the supreme sacrifices of our ancestors will be protected, and this historical fact will be looked on while moving forward for the future. We are ready to sacrifice too and face any difficulty to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
“Though late, but the GoN did call a meeting and achieved overwhelming support from all the political parties to confront the border dispute. This has to be taken forward diplomatically, with a concentrated effort that will leave a lasting impact. However the GoN has not been able to produce any policy and program strong enough, and this is a matter of genuine and grave concern”.
The press release stated that we support the GoN in their step regarding this matter, but they also have to consider the aspirations of the people and move forward accordingly. Till then the struggle and movement will continue, and the GoN needs to take notice and take sincere steps toward resolving the issue”.