AGARTALA: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has found himself in a soup after revealing that the Union Home Minister Amit Shah plans to establish a BJP government in the neighbouring countries of Sri Lanka and Nepal during a party program in Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan on Saturday.
Deb said that during a party meeting at Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan, the former BJP President Shah had told that BJP wanted to establish the party and form governments in neighbouring countries after winning all states in India. Shah was visiting Tripura on Saturday.
Chief Minister Deb said that during the meeting in the state guest house, the Northeast Zonal Secretary of BJP Ajay Jamwal was speaking about BJP's success in forming governments in Northeastern states when Shah said that the party has to now focus on Sri Lanka and Nepal. According to Deb, Shah said that the party has to expand in Sri Lanka and Nepal and form governments there.
Deb went on to praise Shah's leadership of the BJP and said that under Shah's lead, BJP had become the world's largest party. He said that the BJP has broken the records of Communists who as per Deb make claims of being a global party.
The Tripura chief minister further said that BJP was working in Kerala to end "flip-flop government" and to install a government headed by its leadership. He also spoke about the upcoming West Bengal Elections and said he's confident that the people of the state will vote TMC out and that "lotus will bloom" across the country, including in Tamil Nadu.
Deb's remarks have stirred up a controversy. Tripura Opposition has demanded clarification from the Central BJP leadership regarding the statements made by the Tripura CM in a public meeting.
CPI (M) leader and former MP Jitendra Chaudhary said that the chief minister does not have any understanding of the constitution and democracy. He added that Amit Shah's statements, as claimed by Deb, amounted to the meddling of India in the internal affairs of a foreign country.
The CPI (M) leader alleged that the home minister of India was engaged in a "state conspiracy against Nepal" and the evidence was given by a person holding a constitutional post in the state of Tripura. He further said that Deb's statement cannot be taken casually and demanded a response from the BJP top leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Tripura Congress unit vice-president, Tapas Dey, said Amit Shah's statements amounted to "imperialism", which India had fought against for many years. He added that India cannot interfere in the sovereign affairs of Nepal and Sri Lanka.
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