SYANGJA, April 3: General Secretary of the main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC), Shashank Koirala on Tuesday said that he is not in favor of reinstating Nepal as a Hindu state.
Speaking at a press conference organized by Press Union, Syanja at Waling, Koirala claimed that religions should be independent and that he is in support of religious independence in the country. “Since the bottom-line principle of the NC is religious independence, I am not in support of the reinstating Hindu state in Nepal,” he said.
Koirala had previously repeatedly expressed his support to reinstating Hindu state. However, he said that the previous support he extended to the cause of reinstating Hindu state was a result of tongue slip.
“Journalists ask every question in a very indirect manner. I had a tongue slip during one press conference,” he said, “I am not in support of Hindu state.” He added that one of the four stars in the flag of the NC stands for religious independence and that he supports this ideology.