Kathmandu, Nepal, May 15, 2020: Indian army Chief MM Naravane has said that Nepal would have objected the inauguration of the road constructed in the Lipulekh pass ‘on the behest of someone’.
‘I don't know what they are actually agitating about. There is a reason to believe that they might have raised this problem at the behest of someone else and that is very much a possibility,’ he said hinting to the China while speaking at an online conference organized by the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, a New Delhi-based think-tank, on Friday.
The remark of Indian army Chief has come at the time when all the sections of the Nepalese society including the government and political parties regardless of government allies or oppositions have objected the road constructed by India through the Lipulekh pass, a Nepali territory.
He said during the speech that ‘the east of the Kali River is Nepalese territory while its west is Indian Territory; there is no dispute about as the road we have built is west of the river.’ However, he did not elaborate about the controversies about the origin of Kali River.
As Limpiadhura is the origin of the Kali River, the Lipulekh area falls automatically under the Nepali territory, Nepalese officials have said. It is alleged that India has claimed the Nepali territory of Lipulekh and Kalapani by creating an artificial rivulet by naming it as Kali River to encroach the Nepali territory.
During his speech he also alleged China for creating a flashpoint between Delhi and Katmandu. ‘I don't know what they are actually agitating about. There is a reason to believe that they might have raised this problem at the behest of someone else and that is very much a possibility,’ he said.
The controversies’ over the border between Nepal and India have come into surface after Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the controversial road via video link on last Friday.