Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli sent the social media into a storm with his claims that Lord Ram’s “real” Ayodhya lies at Thori in the west of Birgunj, Nepal. While Twitter went berserk following Nepal PM’s comments, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) didn’t take much time to refute all such claims.

BJP national spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri hit back at Oli, saying: “Lord Ram is a matter of faith for us, and people will not allow anybody, be it Prime Minister of Nepal or anyone, to play with this.”

On July 13, Oli claimed that Lord Ram was born in Thori, southern Nepal, not in India. He was speaking at an event celebrating the birth anniversary of Nepalese poet Bhanubhakta. The Nepal PM said his country “has become a victim of cultural encroachment and its history has been manipulated.”

Bhanubhakta, who died in 1868, is known for translating Valmiki’s Ramayan into the Nepali language.

Taking reference from Bhanubhakta’s Ramayana, Oli said: “Although the real Ayodhya lies at Thori in the west of Birgunj, India has claimed the Indian site as the birthplace of Lord Ram.”

“We also believe that deity Sita got married to Prince Ram of India. Actually, Ayodhya is a village lying west of Birgunj,” he added.