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The COVID-19 scenario in India is taking a different turn, unlike other nations.

Touching the 1 lakh mark so fast, the country is now top-4 in the world for the highest number of recent cases.

Due to this situation in place, the country is now facing criticism from neighboring Nepal.

In a recent address to Nepali Parliament, the country’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held India responsible for the COVID-19 spread in Nepal.

Nepal Prime Minister K Sharma Oli

“Those who are coming from India through illegal channels are spreading the virus in the country, and some local representatives and party leaders are responsible for bringing in people from India without proper testing,” PM Oli told the Nepali Parliament.

In this regard, he noted that the virus from India ‘looks more lethal’ than China and Italy.

Giving rise to another debate, Oli also said they would ‘bring back at any cost’ the ‘Kalapani-Limpiyadhura-Lipulekh’ area, which is currently under the Indian territory.

Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani

These statements have come at a time the Nepali cabinet proposed a new political map recently, including Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani regions of Indian territory.

Nepal also raised opposition to the new road that the Indian Defense Minister inaugurated on May 08, 2020, connecting Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand with the Kailash Mansarovar route in China.

To this, the Indian External Affairs Ministry confirmed that the road through the Pitoragarh district completely falls under the Indian territory.

Indian External Affairs Ministry

The Ministry adds that the road follows the same route that the pilgrims to Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra always took.

“Under the present project, the same road has been made pliable for the ease and convenience of pilgrims, locals, and traders,” the Ministry stated.

It is noteworthy that India and Chinese troops also had a face-off in border entry in the Galwan Valley.

It’s unfortunate to see such issues coming up between nations undermining the collective fights against Covid-19 crisis.

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Posted by IndianEra, 21/05/2020