PM Modi offers prayer at Muktinath temple in Nepal

PM Modi offers prayer at Muktinath temple in Nepal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli on Friday inaugurated a cross-border bus service linking Janakpur with Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh as part of a "Ramayan Circuit". India is pouring Rs 6000 crore for the Arun III project. "This will act as a foundation for strong people-to-people ties between our two countries". He said, "My visit to Nepal is held in such a historical time when Nepal held three layers of elections successfully. I will be holding extensive talks with PM Oli on ways to further deepen bilateral cooperation", Modi tweeted on Thursday.

Thousands of people had gathered at the Janaki temple, established in Sita's honour in 1910, as Modi arrived there for prayers ahead of the inauguration.

China has outspent India in Nepal in recent years, as the impoverished Himalayan nation sandwiched between the two Asian giants has titled relations towards its northern neighbour.

The project is expected to bring in Dollars 1.5 billion foreign direct investment into Nepal and create jobs for thousands of people. "It is more like a family", said Modi reiterating what he stressed at a public reception in Janakpur.

Another person said, "We want to see him and listen to him". "Neighbours have always been our top priority".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Nepal, where he is at Janakpur today, the birthplace of Goddess Sita. He said that during the meeting with PM Modi, there was a discussion on comprehensive and relevant issues. "There were also deliberations to improve trade ties".

Earlier, Nepalese Prime Minister Oli welcomed his Indian counterpart upon his arrival at the temple complex.

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But Modi, who cast the visit as part of his "neighbourhood first" policy, has been keen to show that India can also deliver on big-ticket infrastructure promises.

Ramayana Circuit is an initiative undertaken by the Indian Ministry of Tourism to help promote religious tourism.

"The relationship between India and Nepal has reached an all-time low under the leadership of PM Modi", he said. The panellists were BJP spokesperson Suresh Nakhua, Congress spokesperson Ajay Verma, expert on foreign matters Dr SK Dutta, ex-diplomat JK Tripathi, political analyst Haseeb Siddiqui and APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju.

He also pledged to provide a state-of-the art radio therapy machine at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital.

Modi is in Nepal on a mission to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries.

Both Prime Ministers agreed on expansion on cooperation in agriculture. "Whenever there has been a problem, India and Nepal have stood together".