Sad day for India-Nepal relations: Congress

New Delhi: On a day Nepal’s Lower House of Parliament unanimously passed a constitution amendment bill to reflect its new map in the national emblem, the Congress on Saturday dubbed the development a “sad day” in the longstanding bilateral relations.

“A sad day in the longstanding Indo-Nepal relationship. Tragic that self-professed strong leadership of the BJP remains in ostrich-like denial when it comes to protecting national interest,” Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement.

The approved map includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura in the Himalayan country.

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The Congress also attacked the Modi government and said that the “delusional TV warfare can’t substitute mature political leadership.”

Earlier, Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali tweeted: “The House of Representatives unanimously adopted the constitutional amendment bill, paving the way for accommodating the updated political-administrative map in the national emblem.”

On June 9, Nepal’s House of Representative had unanimously endorsed the bill to adopt a new map of the country.

The proposal was backed by Nepal Communist Party headed by Prime Minister K.P. Oli, the opposition Nepali Congress, and Madhesi-based parties.

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