Reacting sharply to Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s claim that Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram, is in Nepal and that he was Nepali, members of the saints’ community have urged him to keep religion out of regional politics.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust and saints in Ayodhya have strongly condemned Oli’s statement.
“Although real Ayodhya lies at Thori city in the west of Birgunj, India has claimed that Lord Ram was born there. Due to these continuous claims even we have believed that deity Sita got married to Prince Ram of India. However, in reality, Ayodhya is a village lying west of Birgunj,” Prime Minister Oli claimed at an event at his residence in Kathmandu.
Oli also accused India of cultural encroachment by “creating a fake Ayodhya.”
Oli questioned how Lord Ram could come to Janakpur to marry Sita when there were “no means” of communication.
Cartoonist: Satish Acharya