New Delhi: Former Maharaja of Kashmir Dr Karan Singh has slammed the governments of India and Nepal for mishandling ties over the latter passing a resolution in its House of Representatives to adopt a new map which includes Indian territories.
The Congress leader termed the fiasco as “Prima facie this appears to be a serious diplomatic lapse, the consequences of which are before us”.
He slammed Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for the “irreversible confrontational posture “with its relationship with India.
Upset with tough posturing by Nepal, Dr Singh said there were mistakes by both sides but Nepal will be at a bigger loss and it should have first talked to India before taking this harsh step of amending the map.
He further added that the matter was raised in November last year but “surprisingly it was not taken seriously, ideally the Nepal government should have been engaged through Foreign Secretary or Foreign Minister level, and if needed the Prime Minister should have pitched in to resolve the deadlock”.
Nepal’s House of Representatives on June 13 unanimously adopted the Constitution Amendment Bill, paving the way for accommodating the updated political-administrative map in the national emblem which includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura.