Map controversy: It was distorted because of technical reasons, says Nepal

Map controversy: It was distorted due to technical causes, says Nepal

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The map used to convey Prime Minister Ok.P. Sharma Oli’s Vijaya Dasami greetings was distorted due to technical causes, the federal government of Nepal clarified on Saturday. Rajan Bhattarai, Overseas Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister Oli, mentioned Nepal has not diluted its declare to the Kalapani area which has been on the centre of a territorial dispute.

“Cutting down of the picture for on-line utilization created this impression. It’s a technical situation. We now have not modified our place in any respect on the territorial demand. The federal government of Nepal is strongly dedicated to the map that was handed by Parliament. It was the identical map that was really used within the message by the honourable Prime Minister,” mentioned Mr. Bhattarai over telephone from Kathmandu.

The response got here after The Hindu reported that Mr. Oli’s message confirmed an previous map which didn’t embody the strategically positioned Kalapani-Lipulekh-Limpiyadhura area of the Pithoragardh district that Nepal has been claiming. Mr. Bhattarai blamed the net media of Nepal for creating ‘confusion’. “We’re utilizing the brand new map and the revised insignia for our competition greetings.”

The problem started on Friday when Mr. Oli despatched out on-line greetings for Vijaya Dasami or Dashain which is the largest competition of Nepal.

The triangular piece of land within the excessive northwest of Nepal is nevertheless proven as a part of Nepalese sovereign territory within the new map unveiled on Might 20 and was made a part of the insignia of the Nepalese state by an modification on June 13. Mr. Oli’s use of the nationwide insignia carrying the previous map drew robust response from the political class of Kathmandu with leaders expressing shock.

“Mr. Oli at his particular person degree can use any map of Nepal that he needs however because the Prime Minister he ought to have used the nationwide map that was handed by Parliament and devoted to the Nepalese individuals,” mentioned Bishwaprakash Sharma, spokesperson of the Opposition Nepali Congress instructed The Hindu over telephone. Mr. Sharma mentioned Mr. Oli has undermined Parliament because the map was handed in each the Homes.

It additionally drew feedback on social media with Nepalese customers connecting the transfer with Thursday’s dialogue that he held with Samant Kumar Goel, chief of the Analysis and Evaluation Wing (R&AW). The go to drew consideration because it got here a fortnight earlier than the scheduled go to of Military Chief Common Manoj Mukund Naravane.

Regardless of Saturday’s clarification from Mr. Bhattarai, the map had not been corrected on his social media pages.

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