Patna: At a function to mark the 2,320 birth anniversary of King Ashoka on Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister for Communication and Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Indian Postal Service would soon issue a stamp on the emperor who reigned during the golden era of the Mauryan dynasty between 269 BC to 232 BC.

Prasad also said a life-size statue of the king would be installed at Kumharar in Patna – remains of the ancient city of Pataliputra.

"The continuance of the legacy of Emperor Ashoka is of vital importance not just for Bihar but for the entire nation. I will personally take up the issue of installing the statue of the king at Kumharar with the appropriate department at the Center," the minister said.

The event was organized by the Rashtravadi Kushwaha Parishad (RKP) that has claimed King Ashoka belonged to the Kushwaha caste.

Party leaders including former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP state President Mangal Pandey, and RKP chief and legislator Suraj Nandan Kushwaha were among many who were present on the occasion.