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Nepal President's aide resigns over inclusion of Indian regions on currency dispute

Nepal's President Ram Chandra Paudel's economic advisor has resigned after his controversial remarks about the government's decision to issue new hundred-rupee notes with a map that includes three Indian territories, which India already rejected.

News Arena Network - Kathmandu - UPDATED: May 13, 2024, 03:53 AM - 2 mins read

Nepal President's aide resigns over inclusion of Indian regions on currency dispute

Nepal President's aide resigns over inclusion of Indian regions on currency dispute

Chiranjivi Nepal - X


Nepal's President Ram Chandra Paudel's economic advisor has resigned after his controversial remarks about the government's decision to issue new hundred-rupee notes with a map that includes three Indian territories, which India already rejected.

 

According to a press release issued by the Office of the President, the president approved Chiranjivi Nepal's resignation on Sunday.

 

According to reports, the former governor of the country's central bank, Chiranjivi Nepal, criticised the government's decision to print the new map on the notes, calling it "inappropriate." 

 

The Cabinet made the decision to replace the old map with the new one when printing new Rs 100 notes. 

 

The new map includes territories such as Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura.

 

India maintains that Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura belong to it.

 

CPN-UML chairman and former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had publicly criticised Chiranjivi Nepal for his remarks.

 

An aide to the president told PTI on condition of anonymity that Chiranjivi Nepal mentioned this serious issue in his resignation letter. "I have raised this issue to draw the public attention as it might cause practical problems to the people."

 

“I have tendered my resignation from the post to maintain the dignity of the honourable President, as attempts were made to drag the president into controversy citing my statement unnecessarily,” Chiranjivi Nepal pointed out.

 

A group of civil society leaders demanded the removal of Chiranjivi Nepal after he made remarks against the government's decision to print new hundred-rupee notes with the map of Nepal as per the amended Constitution. 

 

They claimed that his statements violated national interest and breached decorum by speaking to national and international media.



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