In a bid to end over a decade-long controversy over shifting of a Buddha relic in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said the relic will be shifted to Vaishaligarh from Patna Museum after making elaborate arrangements for its proper safety.
"I have never been averse to shifting the Buddha relic from Patna to Vaishaligarh... I want elaborate arrangements to be made for its safety before taking steps for its protection," Kumar said.
"The Buddha relic will not be kept here... Vaishali has the legitimate right over the relic. After all the relic is the heritage of Vaishali. It has been kept in Patna for its safety only," he said while laying the foundation of development projects to the tune of Rs 431.26 Crore in Vaishali on Sunday.
RJD national vice president and former union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and several other Congress leaders had been demanding shifting of the Buddha relic to Vaishaligarh from Patna for a long time.