According to the website of “United States of Kailasa”, there are over 30 American cities that have signed a cultural partnership with the fake nation.
Nithyananda is wanted in India on several charges of rape and sexual assault
By India Today News Desk: Self-proclaimed godman and fugitive Nithyananda’s “United States of Kailasa” has signed a “cultural partnership” with over 30 American cities, a media report said, reported news agency PTI, days after the city of Newark said it rescinded a “sister-city” agreement with the fictional country.
The sister-city agreement between Newark and the “United States of Kailasa” was inked on January 12 and the signing ceremony took place at the City Hall in Newark.
According to the website of “United States of Kailasa”, there are over 30 American cities that have signed a cultural partnership with the fake nation. Cities include Richmond, Virginia, Dayton, Ohio, Buena Park, and Florida, among others.
A report by Fox News on Thursday said that authorities have found “the supreme fake pontiff” has a “long list of cities” he has duped.
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The report said that Fox News reached out to some of the cities in the US for a reaction on the agreement with the fake nation. “And so far most of the cities have confirmed these proclamations are in fact true,” the report said.
“Our proclamations with Kailasa are not an endorsement. They are a response to a request and we do not verify the information that is requested,” Jacksonville, North Carolina told Fox News.
Fox News blamed the cities for not “Googling” for information about the fake nation.
The report added that it’s not just mayors or city councils but “people running the federal government” who are falling for the fake nation too. According to the fake guru, two members of the Congress have given Kailasa “special congressional recognition”, it added.
One of them is Congresswoman Norma Torres of California, who is on the House Appropriations Committee.
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“So, the person who decides what we spend our tax dollars on just got duped by an alleged rapist guru with a fake country,” a Fox News anchor said.
Republican Troy Balderson from Ohio also presented “his divine holiness and pontiff of Hinduism congressional recognition”.
Earlier this month, Press Secretary in the Department of Communications, City of Newark, Susan Garofalo, had told PTI that as soon as “we learned about the circumstances surrounding Kailasa, the City of Newark immediately took action and rescinded the sister-city agreement” on January 18.
“Based on deception, the ceremony was groundless and voidâ€¦ Although this was a regrettable incident, the City of Newark remains committed to partnering with people from diverse cultures in order to enrich each other with connectivity, support, and mutual respect,” Garofalo said.
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The sister-city agreement with a fake nation is an embarrassing episode for the city, a Newark resident told Fox News. “I think it’s embarrassing that he didn’t do his background research before entertaining them.”
Last month, representatives of the USK attended two UN meetings in Geneva – a general discussion on ‘Equal and inclusive representation of women in decision-making systems’ on February 22 and the general discussion on the ‘General Comment on economic, social, cultural rights and sustainable development’ on February 24.
Responding to Kailasa’s participation, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said, “Anyone can submit information to the treaty bodies, who will use their judgment to determine the credibility of the submissions received.”
Nithyananda is wanted in India on several charges of rape and sexual assault. He has denied all charges and allegations.
(With input from PTI)
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