KATHMANDU:- Nepal Lawmakers from various political parties have stressed on holding ‘mature’ talks with India to bring back Kalapani, Lipuek and Limpiyadhura, the Nepali territories that it has encroached upon.
They said this in their statements while backing the ‘Constitution of Nepal (Second Amendment) Bill, 2077 BS’ in the meeting of the House of Representatives today.
Taking part in the clause-wise discussions on the bill that has been presented to include the country’s new political and administrative map in the Schedule of the constitution, the lawmakers urged one and all to be united on questions of nationality, nationality and territorial integrity. They underscored the need of bringing back the country’s territories through talks with India on the basis of mutual friendship.
Responding the queries raised by MPs in course of the clause-wise discussions of the bill, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe, said the constitution amendment bill has been presented in the parliament to adjust the genuine map of Nepal with the country’s map that is represented in the Coat-of-Arms.
“This is the golden time for Nepal and the Nepalis. Today is a glorious day on which the rights of nearly 30 million Nepali citizens have been taken to a greater height keeping intact the nation’s sovereignty, independence and dignity,” she said.
Participating in the deliberations before the Minister’s reply, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) general secretary Bishnu Prasad Poudel thanked the Prime Minister and the government for providing leadership to the aspirations of all the parties, the civil society and the entire people in fulfilling the responsibility of safeguarding the national territory that the country’s history had bestowed upon.
“This is not against anyone. This is in favour of Nepal and the Nepalis. There is no need to have inferiority complex that this decision will have adverse effect on our friendship with our neighbour. We will keep secure our encroached land not only the map,” he said.
Bhim Bahadur Rawal of the same party said bringing the constitution amendment along with a new map of the country on the backdrop of evidences showing that Kalapani, Lipulek and Limpiyadhura are Nepal’s territories based on historical documents is a common voice of the patriotic Nepali people.
He made it clear that Nepal has included its encroached territories in its new map which was brought after India spurned Nepal’s proposal for talks on resolving the border issue.
Pampha Bhusal also from NCP said a sense of pride has been felt today like when the country was declared a republic by the Constituent Assembly on May 28, 2008, when the constitution is being amended to adjust the new map incorporating the encroached upon land of Nepal.
Gokarna Bista of the same party reiterated that the issue of repatriation of land was not a dispute over the border but an issue of taking back the Nepali land encroached by India. He said all the political parties and Nepali people should stand united to take back the encroached land in real terms.
Devendra Poudel of NCP said that we Nepalis were not expecting lands of others but ours’ own.
Why India developed a road in Limpiyadhura though Nepal has the evidences of its land over the territory, he questioned.
Similarly, Ganesh Singh Thagunna urged to unite all in the campaign of national protection while Lalbabu Pandit suggested that the government should opt for diplomatic dealings to claim our land and we should not hesitate even to go in the international forums if India was reluctant.
Also speaking on the occasion, Nepali Congress general secretary Dr Shashank Koirala said that his party was fully united to amend the constitution for incorporating Nepal’s entire geography in the new political and administrative map.
Likewise, NC’s general secretary Prakash Man Singh stated that NC has always backed for the cause of nationality and demanded that Nepal government bring back those land through a matured dialogue.
Likewise, NC’s Dr Minendra Prasad Rijal also asked for dialogue with sufficient supportive evidences to bring back Nepal’s lands.
Also speaking on the occasion, NC’s Dilendra Prasad Badu, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, Devendra Raj Kandel, Amresh Kumar Singh, Uma Regmi, Ram Bahadur Bista and others called for diplomatic dialogues from the government with the Indian side to claim Nepal’s land of Lipulek, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani.
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