TDN World Desk: The lower house of Nepal’s parliament on Saturday (June 13) approved a new map of the country which include areas disputed with India, the speaker of the national legislature said.

Reacting over the move by Nepal government,Indian external affairs ministry’s official spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, “This artificial enlargement of claims [by Nepal] is not based on historical fact or evidence and is not tenable.It is also violative of our current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues.”

Nepal’s parliament today voted on a constitutional amendment bill in a special session to revise the country’s map. The amendment bill was passed with 2/3rd majority with 258 votes in the House of Representatives in favour.The Lower House has a total strength of 275.

During the passage of the controversial amendment bill members of the lower house mark their presence. Photo courtsey:Nepal Times

“We may have our political differences, but let no one doubt our patriotism and nationalism,” said Upendra Yadav of the Social Party, quotes Nepal Times.

“Today, the Tarai, Pahad and Himal are one in demanding our territory back. We do not just want our map, we want our land back,” said Rajendra Mahato of the Janata Samajbadi Party.