RAJBIRAJ: Indian right-wing Hindu leader Ashok Singhal has stated that India wants to see Nepal as a Hindu state in order to strengthen bilateral relation between the two countries.
Expressing his belief that the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win the elections in India and form the central government, the international patron of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) claimed the change in New Delhi will help Nepal become a Hindu country again.
The BJP has lauched its election campaign, projecting Narendra Kumar Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, as the new prime minister of India. Both the VHP and the BHP are associated with Sangh Parivar, an umbrella organisation of Hindu nationalist bodies in India.
Singhal, who arrived here in Rajbiraj after taking part in Kumbha Mela at Chatara of Sunsari, was speaking to the reporters today.
On the occasion, he highlighted the relation between Nepal and India since Vedic era and said Hinduism has been the basis.
Claiming that conspiracies are being hatched to attenuate Hinduism worldwide, the religious leader pointed out the need of unity between Nepal and India to foil them.
According to him, the new constitution has been delayed in Nepal because the country was declared secular.
Instead of getting divided by ethnic, professional, communal or lingual bases, he said, all Hindus should embrace Hindutva as their common identity.
Also, the Saptari district chapter of VHP had felicitated Singhal today.