India Denies Reports Of Handing Amendments To Nepal Constitution

| September 24 , 2015 , 07:52 IST
India on Wednesday denied a media report that said the government had handed over to Nepal a list of seven amendments to the Himalayan nation's new constitution. [caption id="attachment_126568" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Nepal assembly votes for new constitution Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, right, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), also known as CPN-UML leader K.P. Oli, center, and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, left, shake hands after the final constitution process at Constitution Assembly hall in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Nepal's Constituent Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that has been delayed for years because of differences between political parties. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)[/caption] In a statement, terming as "incorrect" a report in an English daily, the external affairs ministry said the government of India "has not handed over any list of specific Constitutional amendments or changes to the Government of Nepal. ALSO READ: Nepal’s Assembly Votes ‘Overwhelmingly’ In Favour Of New Constitution "Without being prescriptive on specific clauses, and as already stated earlier, we continue to urge that issues on which there are differences should be resolved through dialogue in an atmosphere free from violence, and institutionalised in a manner that would enable broad-based ownership and acceptance." India has voiced concern over the continuous violence in Nepal by the plains people, or the Madhesis and Janjatis, who are protesting against the new constitution, which they say is heavily tilted in favour of the hills people and denies the Terai people equal representation. India does not want the violence to spill over to the country and has urged that the concerns of the Madhesis and Janjatis be accommodated. ALSO READ: Nepal Adopts New Secular Constitution, India Concerned Over Border Unrest