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Oli drags Lord Ram into India-Nepal politics

Kathmandu: At a time when diplomatic relations between the two neighbors is at its worst, Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has added fuel to the fire by stating that India created fake Ayodhya and Lord Ram is from Nepal.

The town of Ayodhya in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram.

Speaking at an event, Oli said that India is manipulating cultural and historical facts by creating a fake Ayodhya in India, which in fact is a village west of Birgunj, The Himalayan Times reported.

“We did not give Sita, who was born in Janakpur, to an Indian prince but Sita was married to Ram of Ayodhya, not of India,” he said, adding that Ayodhya was later created in India encroaching upon facts,” Oli said.

He argued that a prince from a place that far away could not possibly come to Janakpur to marry Sita as there were no means of communication and easy transportation during those times.

“There is a huge controversy in ‘their’ Ayodhya while our Ayodhya, that lies in the Thori village, has no issues as such.”

The statement, however, did not seem to have gone down well at his own backyard. The Himalayan Times further reported that not many in Nepal were convinced by the Prime Minister’s take on the ‘facts’ and warned that the issue could escalate, inflating the existing tensions further.

Co-chairperson of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Kamal Thapa said it is not suitable for such baseless, unproven statements to come from a Prime Minister.

“It looks like the PM wants to further spoil Nepal-India relations rather than working to resolve tensions,” Thapa tweeted.

Oli’s shocking claim comes on the backdrop of an ongoing diplomatic tussle between Kathmandu and New Delhi over the newly published Nepal map which claims Indian territory as its own.

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