UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s comments ‘disrespectful, threatening’, says Nepal PM

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Yogi had said Nepal should think of long term consequences before determining political boundary with India

Nepal should also remember what happened to Tibet, Yogi had said

Citing his grievance over Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s comments on the Kalapani region dispute, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, on Wednesday said that Yogi had shown ‘disrespect’ towards Nepal.

Speaking in the House of Representatives of Nepal, Oli said that Adityanath’s remarks were ‘inappropriate and illegitimate’.

Adityanath’s commenting over the Kalapani region, which Nepal claims as its territory had said that ‘Nepal should think of long term consequences’ before determining political boundary with India.

“Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Adityanathji has said certain things about Nepal. His comments are inappropriate and not legitimate. He is not in a decision-making capacity in the Central government of India. His comments are in the capacity of a chief minister and these should not have been made. If he is trying to threaten Nepal with these comments, this is condemnable. His remarks showed disrespect to Nepal. I want to tell Yogiji that Nepal does not accept these insults,” Oli said.

While commenting on the matter last week, Adityanath had said -“Before determining political boundary, Nepal should think of the long-term consequences and it should also remember what happened to Tibet”.

The diplomatic ties of New Delhi and Kathmandu are presently nervy over the latter’s resolution to release a revised political map of Nepal, which shows Kalapani, a strategically important tri-junction between India, China and Nepal in Uttarakhand, as its territory.

Kathmandu claims that that Kalapani is a part of Darchula district in Sudur Paschim Pradesh. While the Lipulekh pass route, which has been used as ancient access for pilgrimage was closed by India post the Chinese aggression in 1962, the pass was recently opened after India constructed 22-km road to Kailash Mansarovar.

This road starts from a village named Gunji, which is claimed by Nepal.

The dispute also involves the origin of river Kali. While Nepal claims that it originates in Limpiyadhura in the higher Himalayan region, by virtue of which, it gives larger access to Nepal to the area, India claims that the river originates not in higher Himalayas, but further down.


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