Nepal on Thursday said that it has decided to invite PM Narendra Modi on the occasion of ‘Bibaha Panchami’ in which Lord Rama’s wedding procession from Ayodhya in India to Janakpur in Nepal is carried out. It falls on December 12.
ANI cited what Nepal PM Office sources reported, “We have decided to write to Indian PM Modi inviting him for a state visit to Nepal on December 12 on occasion of ‘Bibaha Panchami’. PM KP Oli’s chief adviser Bishnu Rimal had earlier confirmed. A detailed report will be released as soon as the festive season is over.”
This is going to be PM Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal. As per Kathmandu Post, Modi will be bringing the ‘baraat’ from Lord Rama’s birthplace Ayodhya to Sita’s birthplace Janakpur. It further quoted as was said by Prime Minister Oli’s Press Adviser Kundan Aryal, “Discussions and preparations are going on about the visit of PM Modi to Janakpur, but his visit is yet to be confirmed.”
At the time of 4th BIMSTC Summit organized in August in Nepal, both the Prime Ministers had discussions over the plan of Modi marking his presence in the Bibaha Panchami and later on inaugurating the Janakpur-Jayanagar railway track, according to the daily. The report states that both Modi and Oli will together inaugurate the Janakpur-Jayanagar railway line that has almost finished its test phase.
In May, Modi had visited Janakpur where he went on to inaugurate a bus service between Ayodhya and Jankpur and declared to provide Rs 100 crore aid to the Province No 2.