'I was removed from office after publishing map including Kalapani': Former Nepal PM Oli

Updated: Aug 2 2022 9:05PM

Kathmandu, Aug 2 (PTI) Former Nepalese prime minister K P Sharma Oli has claimed that he was removed from power last year after his government published a new map of Nepal that included Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh as its territories.

The Lipulekh pass is a far western point near Kalapani, a disputed border area between Nepal and India. Both India and Nepal claim Kalapani as an integral part of their territory — India as part of Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district and Nepal as part of Dharchula district.

Speaking on the occasion of the release of a book entitled Chakravyuha Ma Nepal Ko Jalashrot (Conspiracy surrounding Nepalese Water Resources), Oli said: “There cannot be any dispute that the territories including Kalapani belong to Nepal because the Sugauli Treaty signed between Nepal and East India Company clearly mentions that the territories on the West of Mahakali river belong to Nepal." "But these territories were removed from Nepal and I was well aware that I would be forced out from power after these territories were included in Nepalese side," claimed Oli, the chairman of the main Opposition CPN-UML.