The glimpse of first-time national unity was captured, the House of Representatives (HoR) endorsed the Constitution amendment bill, replacing Nepal’s map in the national symbol with the country’s new political map, including Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura.
As per the law, a two-thirds majority was required to pass the bill. And, it was passed with a two-thirds majority. Speaker of the House, Agni Prasad Sapkota disclosed that 258 out of 275 votes cast were in favor of the bill being passed. The NA will give lawmakers 72 hours to move amendments against the bill’s provisions.
Parties including Nepali Congress (NC), Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) in favor of the bill and a lawmaker of Janata Samajbadi Party Sarita Giri was against it. They left the meeting after House Speaker Agni Sapkota announced that her amendment proposal on the constitution amendment bill tabled in parliament had been rejected and has favored NC, RJP-N, and RPP.
As per the significant agreements that Nepal reached with the East-India Company Nepal has maintained that Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura fits Nepal. And the Sugauli Treaty reached between India and Nepal in 1816, defines Nepal’s western boundary with India states that territories lying in the east of the Kali River belong to Nepal.