Reported by (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Nepal’s parliament has cleared a constitutional amendment bill to update country’s map showing areas such as Lipulekh as Nepalese territory, prompting India to claim that such “artificial enlargement of claims” violates an understanding to resolve boundary issues through dialogue or discussion.
The map shows a sliver of land on the northwest tip of Nepal as the its territory.
The House of Representatives opened the discussion on the amendment bill, which was put for voting after the deliberations were over. The bill was passed with the massive vote of 258 members present in the house of 275. There were no votes against.
The map must also be passed by the National Assembly, the parliament’s upper chamber, and approved by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari before it becomes a part of the constitution.
Nepal published its revised map in May after India inaugurated an 80 km (50 miles) road connecting its northern Uttarakhand state with Lipulekh on the border with Tibet that passes through the land Nepal says belongs to it.