Ayodhya, the traditional metropolis believed by hundreds of thousands of Hindus to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, is definitely a small village close to Kathmandu, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli mentioned Monday, in a press release sure to impress a response from followers of Ram.
The Prime Minister additionally claimed Lord Ram was truly Nepali.
Speaking at a cultural programme at his residence, Mr Oli then accused India of cultural oppression and encroachment, and mentioned Nepal’s contribution to science had been undervalued.
“We still believe we gave Sita to Prince Ram but we gave the prince too, from Ayodhya, not India. Ayodhya is a village a little west (of) Birgunj (a district in Nepal that is around 135 km from capital Kathmandu),” Prime Minister Oli mentioned.
“We have been oppressed a bit, culturally. Facts have been encroached,” he was quoted by Nepali information web site Setopati.com, which describes itself as “Nepal’s digital newspaper”.
According to information company ANI, which quoted Nepalese media sources, Mr Oli additionally mentioned: “Real Ayodhya lies in Nepal, not in India. Lord Ram is Nepali not Indian”.
Real Ayodhya lies in Nepal, not in India. Lord Ram is Nepali not Indian: Nepali media quotes Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (file pic) pic.twitter.com/k3CcN8jjGV
— ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2020
Ayodhya is a city in Uttar Pradesh, round 135 km from state capital Lucknow.
Prime Minister Oli’s contentious remarks come amid a row between the 2 nations over a revised political map that sees Nepal declare Indian territory – the Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand and the Limpiyadhura and Kalapani areas.
Last month the Nepal parliament voted, unanimously, to cross a constitutional modification to replace the nation’s map to say these lands. Days later the National Assembly handed the invoice, additionally unanimously.
These are extremely strategic areas alongside India’s border with China and have been guarded by the nation for the reason that 1962 warfare.
India has responded fiercely to the claims on its territory, dismissing the “artificial enlargement” as unacceptable.
“Nepal is well aware of India’s consistent position on this matter and we urge the Government of Nepal to refrain from such unjustified cartographic assertion and respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the federal government mentioned.
Nepal claimed the territory beneath a treaty made with the East India Company through the British interval.
Back in May Prime Minister Oli additionally blamed India for the unfold of the novel coronavirus in his nation.
“It has become very difficult to contain COVID-19 due to the flow of people from outside. Indian virus looks more lethal than Chinese and Italian now,” he mentioned.
The apparently deteriorating relationship with Nepal has been fiercely criticised by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who has typically questioned the federal government’s overseas coverage selections.