Nepal on Sunday once again reminded India not to construct any roads in Nepali territory unilaterally.
This reaction comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 30 in Uttarakhand said that his government planning to extend road along the border.
While addressing an election rally, Modi announced that his government had built a road to Lipulekh and that there were more plans to extend it further.
Responding to the statement of Prime Minister Modi after it created a huge uproar in Nepal across the political spectrum, Nepal’s Minister for Information and Communication Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said on Sunday that the Nepal government has been asking India not to extend and construct road via Nepali territory unilaterally.
The Indian government is building a road via Lipulekh to Kailash Mansarovar in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.
After the row in Nepal over Modi’s statement, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu on Saturday issued a statement, clarifying that any outstanding boundary issues with Nepal will be settled through established mechanisms and channels.
Almost all political parties in Nepal, including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s own Nepali Congress, have been demanding that the government speak up on Modi’s statement and make its position clear on Lipulekh.