BJP leader vows to campaign for a statue of Prithvi Narayan Shah in New Delhi

4 April 20174: It’s not been long since angry protesters demanding federal republic damaged statue of a Prithvi Narayan Shah, the architect of modern Nepal. While Nepalis got what they wanted and turned Shah into a less important historical character (his birthday is no more a public holiday), a BJP leader from neighbouring India has vowed to install his statue in New Delhi.

Journalist-turned politician Tarun Vijay, who was a member of the Upper House of the Indian parliament until July 2016, told participants of a seminar on Monday that he would campaign to install the statute at Barakhamba near the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi, Annapurna Post reported today.

Mr Vijay was speaking at a seminar themed Role of Media in Promoting India-Nepal Relations. It was organised by India’s Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communications in collaboration with Kathmandu University, BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation and Media Action Nepal.

He told participants that apart from being responsible for the unification of Nepal, Shah was also a “Hindu emperor”.

According to media reports, participants of the programme urged media both in Nepal and India to play a constructive role in order to strengthen political, social and economic ties between the two countries.

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