Nepal's archaeological department plans to begin studies and excavations in Thori in the south of the country after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli claimed it was Lord Ram's "true birthplace," a media report said on Thursday.
Several leading Nepalese politicians from various parties have condemned Mr. Oli for "senselessly and irrelevantly" noticing that Lord Ram was born in Thori near Birgunj and that the real Ayodhya is in Nepal. You asked him to withdraw his controversial statement.
According to Olis, the Department of Archeology (DoA) has discussed a possible archaeological study in the region with various ministries, the My Republica newspaper reported.
"The department held several meetings with various ministries to discuss the possibility of starting archaeological studies in Thori from Birgunj," quoted Ram Bahadur Kunwar, spokesman for the DOA.
DoA Director General Damodar Gautam said the department is serious about carrying out archaeological studies in Thori after Prime Minister Oli's statement.
"The department will discuss with experts and will graduate soon," said Gautam.
However, the DoA has no basis to begin excavations in Thori – the birthplace of Lord Ram, as claimed by Oli.
"It is our responsibility, according to the Prime Minister, to carry out a study. However, I cannot say that we have enough bases to prove that Ayodhya is in Nepal," said Gautam.
In a statement on Tuesday, the State Department made it clear that Prime Minister Oli's statements "are unrelated to any political issue and have no intention of hurting anyone's feelings and feelings".
It also stressed that his remarks "were not intended to compromise the meaning of Ayodhya and the cultural value it carries".
"Given that there were several myths and references about Shri Ram and the places associated with it, the Prime Minister merely emphasized the importance of further studies and research into the vast cultural geography that the Ramayana represents in order to obtain facts about Shri Ram, Ramayana and the various places associated with this rich civilization, "said the ministry.
The clarification came after much public outcry in India and Nepal over the controversial statements made by Prime Minister Oli on Ayodhya.
BJP national spokesman Bizay Sonkar Shastri condemned Oli's statements, saying that the left-wing parties played with people's faith even in India and that the communists in Nepal are rejected by the masses just as they were here.
"Lord Ram is a matter of faith for us and people will not allow anyone, be it the Prime Minister of Nepal or anyone, to play with it," he said on Monday.
The Nepalese opposition congress has strongly condemned Oli's controversial statements on Ayodhya, saying that he "has lost the moral and political basis" to rule the country.
The party also sought the official position of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) and the government on the Prime Minister's comments on Ayodhya.
Mr. Oli is already facing strong opposition from his own party leaders, who are pressing for his resignation because of his autocratic style of functioning and his previous anti-India declaration.