As the diplomatic ties between India and Nepal deteriorate, the Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Oli launched an offensive against India, pinning the blame of the spread of coronavirus in Nepal on India and claiming Indian virus to be “more virulent” than the coronavirus that ravaged Italy and China.
In his speech to the Nepali Parliament, KP Oli made a disputed statement about India, overcoming diplomatic decorum. The Nepali PM blamed India for the spread of coronavirus in his country, saying, “India’s virus seems to be” more deadly “than Chinese and Italian.
The Nepali PM said in his speech on Tuesday, ‘Those who are coming from India by illegal means are spreading the infection of Corona here and some local leaders and representatives are also responsible for this, without any primary investigation, people from India Are coming with
The Nepali PM further said, “Due to the influx of people coming from outside, it is becoming difficult to deal with the Coronavarius infection. The Indian virus seems to be more deadly than the Chinese and Italian viruses. ”The Nepali PM statement has served to break the relationship between the two countries after India inaugurated the road. Oli also said that Nepal would bring back the “Kalapani-Limpiyadhura-Lipulekh region” at any cost, which is part of the Indian territory.
Recently, the Nepal cabinet released a new political map incorporating Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani, which are part of Indian territory.
Significantly, India and Nepal share 1,800 km (1,118 mi) of open border. Nepal on the Lipulekh Pass defines based on the Treaty of Sugauli in 1816. Kathmandu also claims highly strategic areas of Limpiyadhura and Kalapani, although Indian troops have been stationed there since India fought a war with China in 1962.
After Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new road (connecting Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand to Kailash Mansarovar Road in China) on 8 May, Nepal opposed it and is also considering setting up a security checkpoint in the area is. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs had said that this road leading from Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand is completely within the Indian border. This is the same road that Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims have been using before.
But Nepal’s foreign minister was not placated by India’s response and a day later he summoned the Indian ambassador Vinay Kwatra and issued a diplomatic note on the road inaugurated.
Kwatra reiterated India’s stance on the matter, saying “India is committed to settling outstanding border disputes through diplomatic dialogue and in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral ties with Nepal”.