The Weekend Leader - 'Nepal will be 'Hindu state' if Modi takes power'

'Nepal will be 'Hindu state' if Modi takes power'



Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal Tuesday said that Nepal will turn into a Hindu state if Narendra Modi becomes India's prime minister.

"He (Modi) is set to come (to) power in India," Singhal told a gathering of Hindus in the eastern Nepali city of Biratnagar.

Once Modi assumes office, it will not take much time to see Nepal as a Hindu state, he said.

Nepal was the world's only Hindu state until 2008 but was declared secular once the Maoists ousted the monarchy.

Since then, a section of Hindu leaders in Nepal and India have campaigned to reinstate Nepal's identity as a Hindu state.

"The day Modi comes to power in India, I declare that Nepal will turn into a Hindu state," said Singhal.

"Under pressure from China, the US, Europe and some Muslim countries, the Hindu identity was finished here," he said.

Singhal was given a rousing welcome in Biratnagar with thousands of Hindu activists gathering to listen to him. - IANS

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