Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli
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“Ayodhya is one and well known to the world and Bhagawan Sri Ram and Pashupati Nath ji are the bounding force of Indo-Nepal religious, cultural and spiritual relations”, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad said on Tuesday.

Hindutva outfit’s reaction has come in response to the Nepal PM KP Oli’s claim on Monday Nepal is in Ayodhya and deity Ram was a Nepali.

Working president of VHP Alok kumar said in a statement Tuesday, “Hindu scriptures, janshruti, customs, traditions and history has no different view about shri Ram Janmabhoomi (birth place) Ayodhya. The present Ayodhya is the birthplace of Bhagwan Shri Ram. Shri Ram Barat proceeds to Janakpuri from Ayodhya every year. It’s impossible to misguide on the issue.”

Without naming China, VHP head alleged, “The sta­te­ment of Nepal PM about Ayodhya and Shri Ram se­ems to have been given under the pressure of a foreign po­wer. It’s an unsuccessful atte­mpt to break the unbreakable ties between the religi­o­us Hindu communities of bo­th the countries. His statem­ent probably can’t be relied upon by anybody except himself.”

Keep religion out of politics: Ayodhya saints; Nepal was part of Ram’s kingdom, seers tell PM Oli

Nepalese PM KP Sharma Oli’s claim — Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram, is in Nepal and he was Nepali — has not gone down well with the believers of lord Ram in India, as it is believed to be deity’s birthplace.

While Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has alleged the Nepal PM is under pressure from “foriegn power”, members of the saints’ community have urged Oli to keep religion out of regional politics.

“The PM of Nepal must keep Lord Ram out of regional politics. His comments are unwarranted. He must know Lord Ram was a ‘chakravarti’ emperor and Nepal was also part of his kingdom. Ties between India and Nepal are even older than history,” said Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, chairman of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust.

The VHP, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust and saints in Ayodhya have strongly condemned Oli’s statement. Raju Das, priest of Hanuman Garhi, said Oli’s statement is a ploy to divert attention from increasing opposition he is facing in Nepal.

“In the recently concluded Ram Janmabhoomi case in Supreme Court all historical facts were presented before the court and it was proven without doubt that Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram. Still Oli is making claims as his own chair is under danger,” said Das.

“Although real Ayodhya lies at Thori city in the west of Birgunj (Nepal), India has claimed India has claimed Lord Ram was born there. Due to these continuous claims even we have believed deity Sita got married to Prince Ram of India,” PM Oli had reportedly said at an event at his residence in Kathmandu on Monday.

Oli also accused India of cultural encroachment by “creating a fake Ayodhya” and questioned how Lord Ram could come to Janakpur to marry Sita when there were “no means” of communication.

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