Former Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has claimed that he was ousted from power last year after his government published a new map of Nepal that included Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh.
The Lipulekh Pass is a far western point near Kalapani, a disputed border area between Nepal and India. India and Nepal both claim Kalapani as an integral part of their territory – India as part of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and Nepal as part of Dharchula district.
Speaking on the occasion of the release of the book titled ‘Chakravyuh Ma Nepal Ko Jalashrot’ (Conspiracy around Nepali water resources), KP Sharma Oli said: “There can be no dispute that the areas including Kalapani belong to Nepal because on the Sugauli Treaty. It was signed. Between Nepal and the East India Company it is clearly mentioned that the areas west of the Mahakali river belong to Nepal.” KP Sharma Oli, president of the main opposition CPN-UML, claimed, “But these areas were taken out of Nepal and I was well aware that I would be thrown out of power once these areas were included in the Nepalese side.” “
KP Sharma Oli along with former Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chanda and former Water Resources Minister Pashupati Shamsher Rana jointly released a book written by former Water Resources Secretary Dwarka Nath Dhungel during a function in Kathmandu on Monday.
Former Ambassador of Nepal to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay said that multipurpose use of Nepalese water resources will be the basis of economic prosperity. He wondered why India and Nepal could not share water resources on the basis of international agreements.
India’s bilateral ties with Nepal came under strain under the then Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, when India opened the strategically important road connecting the Lipulekh Pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8, 2020.
Nepal opposed the opening of the road, claiming that it passes through its territory. A few days later, Nepal came up with a new map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura as its territories. India reacted sharply to the move.
In June last year, Nepal’s parliament approved a new political map of the country, featuring areas that India has.
After Nepal released the map, India reacted sharply, calling it a “unilateral action” and cautioned Kathmandu that such an “artificial expansion” of territorial claims would not be acceptable to it.
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