New Delhi has indicated that it is willing to talk with the K P Oli government in Nepal, provided the latter creates a conducive atmosphere. On Monday, Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh had said that India will sort out the differences with Nepal through dialogue. He asserted that the road built by India till the Lipulekh Pass was very much within its territory. If the road built by India has caused any misunderstanding among the people of Nepal, then it would be sorted out through dialogue, Singh said at a virtual rally for Uttarakhand. India and Nepal are both bound by roti and beti. No power in the world can break it, he also said. Our relations are not only historical and cultural, but spiritual as well, Singh further added. How can relations between India and Nepal break, Singh further questioned.
On Sunday, the upper house of the Nepalese parliament accepted the proposal to consider the bill to amend the country’s Constitution to endorse the new map which included the territory claimed by India- Lipulekh Pass, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani. This territorial claim has become an irritant for India’s relations with Nepal. This would also give China the advantage as it has been competing with India for geopolitical influence over Nepal.