Kathmandu: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who had sparked controversy over the birth place of Lord Ram as being in Nepal and not in Ayodhya, is now mulling over developing areas under the Madi municipality in Chitwan district as ‘Ayodhyapuri’, where he thinks Lord Ram was actually born.
Himalayan Times reported that the PM called called Shivahari Subedi, chairperson, Madi Municipality on 7th August and Mayor Thakur Prasad Dhakal, Mayor, Madi Municipality on 8th August to discuss his vision to develop the area.
The Himalayan Times quoted Subedi saying ‘PM told the delegation that he believes Lord Ram was born in Nepal’s ‘Ayodhyapuri’ and not in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Subedi said, “We also believe that the area from Ayodhyapuri of Chitwan to Balmiki Ashram in Thori, Parsa, was Lord Ram’s birthplace.”
According to a report in WION news, PM Oli has said that the development of Ayodhyapuri will start on Ram Navami by placing idols of Ram, Laxman, Sita and Hanuman.
PM Oli has also ordered the team to begin excavation in Ayodhyapuri area to collect more evidence.
At the same time, criticisms have raised within the ruling party itself. Bamdev Gautam, the vice-chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, said that PM is making claims without any evidence.
This is not the first time PM Oli has claimed everything as theirs. Earlier, he had said that Indian territory of Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belongs to Nepal. Not only that, Nepal also released a new map including the aforesaid territories as part of Nepal.