Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has jabbed sarcastically at Big neighbor India , reminding it not to go against its motto of ‘Satyameva Jayate’ (truth alone triumphs) when it comes to relations with Nepal.
This dig comes when India and Nepal are locked in a bitter dispute over possession of some territories at Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura.
‘Satyameva Jayate’ (truth alone triumphs) is the inscription featured on the State Emblem of India – a four-faced lion.
Addressing the Nepal Parliament, PM Oli reiterated his government was keen to remove all “historical misunderstandings” and “deepen our friendship with India.”
Amid the bitter standoff, which many Indian commentators in public and many BJP functionaries in private have blamed on “Chinese manipulation,” Oli admitted his government had been in communication with China on the issue.
Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyaali on Monday said that the official map will soon be made by the Ministry of Land Management. “Decision of the Council of Ministers to publish the map of Nepal in 7 provinces, 77 districts and 753 local level administrative divisions including Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani,” Gyaali tweeted Monday.
India and Nepal share a 1,800 km open border. Nepal has said it has “consistently maintained” that as per the Sugauli Treaty (1816), which states “all the territories east of Kali (Mahakali) river, including Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipu Lekh, belong to Nepal.”
Kathmandu also claims the highly strategic areas of Limpiyadhura and Kalapani. However, the Indian troops have been deployed there since New Delhi fought a war with China in 1962.
After Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently inaugurated a new road connecting the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand with Kailash Mansarovar route in China, Nepal began to protest against the move.