Kathmandu, July 14
Stoking a possible controversy, embattled Prime Minister Okay P Sharma Oli on Monday claimed that the “real” Ayodhya lies in Nepal, not in India and that Lord Ram was born in Thori in southern Nepal.
Condemning Oli for his remarks, BJP nationwide spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri mentioned that the Left events even in India performed with folks’s religion, and the Communists in Nepal might be rejected by the plenty in the identical approach they’ve been right here.
“Lord Ram is a matter of faith for us, and people will not allow anybody, be it prime minister of Nepal or anyone, to play with this,” he mentioned in New Delhi.
Speaking at an occasion on the delivery anniversary of Nepalese poet Bhanubhakta on the Prime Minister’s residence in Kathmandu, Oli mentioned that Nepal “has become a victim of cultural encroachment and its history has been manipulated.”
Bhanubhakta was born in 1814 in Tanhu of western Nepal and is credited for translating Valmiki’s Ramayan into Nepali language. He died in 1868.
“Although the true Ayodhya lies at Thori within the west of Birgunj, India has claimed the Indian website because the birthplace of Lord Ram,” Oli mentioned.
“We also believe that deity Sita got married to Prince Ram of India. Actually, Ayodhya is a village lying west of Birgunj,” he mentioned, including that the wedding between bride and bridegroom at such a distance was not doable on the time when there was no communication and transportation system.
“The place called Thori, near Birgunj is the real Ayodhya, where Lord Ram was born. In India there is great dispute on Ayodhya. But, there is no dispute in our Ayodhya,” Prime Minister Oli was quoted as saying by his press advisor Surya Thapa.
“Valmiki Ashram is also in Nepal and the holy place where King Dasharath had executed the rites to get the son is in Ridi, which is in Nepal,” he mentioned.
As Dasharath was the ruler of Nepal, it’s pure that his son Ram was additionally born in Nepal, Oli argued. Therefore, actual Ayodhya lies in Nepal, he claimed.
Many scientific innovations and information originated in Nepal, however sadly such a wealthy custom couldn’t proceed later, Oli mentioned.
Prime Minister Oli, beneath rising strain to resign amidst a rift within the ruling Nepal Communist Party over his model of functioning, has alleged that a few of the ruling get together leaders are aligning with the southern neighbour to take away him from energy after his authorities issued a brand new political map incorporating three Indian territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura.
His allegations have been criticised by senior NCP leaders, together with former prime minister ‘Prachanda’, who demanded Prime Minister Oli’s resignation, saying his current anti-India remarks have been “neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate.”
The India-Nepal bilateral ties got here beneath pressure after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 80-km-long strategically essential highway connecting the Lipulekh go with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.
Nepal reacted sharply to the inauguration of the highway claiming that it handed by Nepalese territory. India rejected the declare asserting that the highway lies utterly inside its territory.
Later, Nepal up to date the nation’s political map by a Constitutional modification, incorporating three strategically vital Indian areas.
India termed as “untenable” the “artificial enlargement” of the territorial claims by Nepal. India has handed over a diplomatic word to Nepal over the map problem, Nepalese media stories mentioned. PTI