BJP planning to form governments in Nepal, Sri Lanka? Tripura Chief Minister discloses global expansion plan

Sparking a fresh controversy, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb on Sunday said that the BJP is planning to expand its footprint not only across the country but also in neighbouring nations. Speaking at an event in state capital Agartala, Deb raised eyebrows when he disclosed Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah’s alleged plan to form saffron party-led governments in two neighbouring countries – Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The Tripura CM recalled a meeting with Shah, who was then BJP national president, ahead of the Tripura Assembly election in 2018 during which he had discussed the party’s alleged plan to spread its presence in the two neighbouring countries and set up governments there. "During a close interaction in the state guesthouse, Ajay Jamwal (northeast zonal secretary of BJP) said that BJP formed its government in several states. Responding to this, Amit Shah told us that now Sri Lanka and Nepal are left. 'We have to expand the party in Sri Lanka, Nepal and win there to form a government'," Deb claimed.

The Tripura Chief Minister has often stirred a hornet’s nest in the past with his controversial remarks on politics and bizarre theories about science in ancient India and Hindu traditions. Earlier in April 2018, he had claimed that the internet and sophisticated satellite communication system existed in the days of Mahabharata, drawing sharp ridicule from his opponents, academicians and social media users.

“Some European countries and the US claim that modern communication system were their invention, but we had all these technology in ancient times,” Deb, a graduate in Humanities from Tripura University, had said. Deb had also drawn flak after he questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as "Miss World" in 1997 and said that Indian beauty should ideally look like Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati.

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