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“Indian Virus Looks More Lethal Than Chinese, Italian”: Nepal PM Takes A Jibe

PM Oli also said that Nepal would “bring back at any cost” the Kalapani-Limpiyadhura-Lipulekh area under their territory, which is currently in Indian territory. 

Kathmandu| After releasing a new map claiming parts of Indian territory, Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli has delivered another shocker in a tussle against the neighboring country. “Indian virus looks more lethal than Chinese, Italian,” PM Oli said in his speech in Parliament, blaming India for the spread of Coronavirus in his country.

“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 said in his speech on Tuesday, his first in parliament after the outbreak of contagious disease.

“It has become very difficult to contain COVID-19 due to the flow of people from outside. Indian virus looks more lethal than Chinese and Italian now. More are getting infected,” he further said, in a speech that has baffled Indian diplomats and anguished the officials in India.

India and Nepal have locked horns over the issue of a new road inaugurated by India.

In the same speech in parliament, PM Oli also said that Nepal would “bring back at any cost” the Kalapani-Limpiyadhura-Lipulekh area under their territory, which is currently in Indian territory.

Recently, the Nepal cabinet endorsed a new map in which areas of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani were shown as a part of Nepal.

Kathmandu claims the strategically valuable areas of Limpiyadhura and Kalapani, however, Indian forces have been deployed there since India fought a war with China in 1962.

On May 8, Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new road connecting Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand with Kailash Mansarovar route in China, the move that’s has infuriated Nepal government. Nepal has protested against it and is considering putting up a security post in the area.

“The road going through Uttarakhand”s Pithoragarh district lies completely within the territory of India,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

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