Indian Army Chief Naravane Says India And Nepal relationship is strong, and will always be strong. Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane who earlier last month accused Nepal of raising the Lipu Lekh issue “at the behest of someone else,” has softened his stance toward Nepal.
In a U-turn of sorts, Army chief Naravane Saturday said the relationship between India and Nepal has “always been strong” and “will remain strong in the future”, hours before the Nepal parliament is scheduled to pass a constitutional amendment bill to adopt new political map in the national emblem.
He said this before issuing a national symbol with a new map in the parliament of Nepal. He said that Nepal-India relations would remain strong in the future as well. The constitution is being amended in the parliament of Nepal on Saturday to formalize the map including Lipulek, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani.
Just a few hours before this, the Indian Army Chief has spoken openly about the relations with Nepal. However, when the Nepalese government released maps including Lipulek, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani, the Indian army chief accused Nepal of being guided by China.
He also claimed that the territory belonged to India. Indian Army Chief MM Naravane said “We have strong ties with Nepal, we have geographical, cultural, historical and religious ties. We also have a strong people-to-people relationship. Our relationship with them will always be strong and will continue to be so in the future, ”
The constitution is being amended in the parliament of Nepal on Saturday afternoon. Last month alone, Nepali leaders also commented on the Indian army chief’s remarks. Naravane’s latest statement is considered unexpected.