Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has once again raised the eyebrows by stating that the BJP government in the state would remain in power for the next 30 years if 80 percent of houses hang pictures of Swami Vivekananda and his message.
Deb, addressing the members of the BJP Mahila Morcha, urged the workers to spread the message of the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda and distribute his pictures to inspire the people of the state.
Deb shared that he has seen people hanging pictures of communist icons such as Jyoti Basu, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong - in their drawing rooms. "Can we not hang pictures of Swami Vivekananda? Our party will keep our ideologies and values," he said.
He added that if 80 percent of Tripura households hang pictures of Swami Vivekananda, then this government will remain for another 30-35 years.
The Chief Minister called upon the 'mahila morcha' activists to highlight India's culture and sanskriti among the people so as to keep the values and traditions alive.
Recalling the spiritual leader's teachings, Deb said that Swami Vivekananda had advised to talk less, keep silent and concentrate on work. "Our energy gets wasted if we talk much. So, we should not waste our energy," Biplab Deb said, quoting the monk.
Deb's love for the Swami is well documented. In August last, he had distributed books on Swami Vivekananda to COVID-19 patients to keep them mentally strong in face of adversities.
Swami Vivekananda, born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk. He was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda was also a world spokesperson for Vedanta and his lectures, thoughts, and quotes have been well documented.
Later, enumerating the successful initiatives of the BJP-IPFT government, Deb stated that his government has hiked the amount of different social pensions, the salary of government employees, monthly allowances of village panchayat pradhans, and their deputies.