Vice President Parmananda Jha has said Nepal can be a Hindu state if the people so desires.
Jha, who was recounting his recent pilgrimage to the holy city of Haridwar in India to journalists at Nepal Rastra Bank’s “guest house” in Dhangadhi on Sunday, said it is up to the Nepali people to decide whether to make Nepal a Hindu or a secular state and nobody can interfere on this matter.
He said he took a holy dip in the sacred River Ganga, which Hindus believe wipes away one’s sin, and also met with few religious gurus and saints during his pilgrimage trip whose expenses the government didn’t bear citing that it was his “personal visit”.
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav had also met Hindu saints, ascetics and gurus at one of the holy places he visited during his first state-visit to India early this year. And former king Gyanendra Shah recently visited Bankali of the Pashupati area, where a Baba famous for his political connections in Nepal and India conducted a Mahayagya for peace and reinstatement of Hindu kingdom in Nepal.