Nepal, Feb 17: Nepal objected to a statement made by Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb in which he quoted Union Home Minister Amit Shah as saying that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would soon form its government in Nepal.
Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali took to Twitter on Tuesday to confirm that the Government of Nepal has conveyed its formal objection to the remarks by India’s ruling party leader.
“Noted. The formal objection has been already conveyed,” Gyawali said in a tweet in response to a Nepali Twitter user, who had drawn his attention to the statement?
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According to sources, Nepal’s ambassador to India Nilamber Acharya has already conveyed the government’s official objection to Arindam Bagchi, a joint secretary who is in-charge of Nepal and Bhutan affairs at India’s Ministry of External Affairs, reported.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is also trying to ascertain details and facts of the statement made by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
WHAT TRIPURA CM SAID?
Biplab Kumar Deb was quoted in media reports as saying that the BJP was planning to extend its footprint in Sri Lanka and Nepal.
On Saturday (February 13), Deb said Amit Shah, when serving as BJP president, had told party leaders that the BJP would establish rule in other regional countries as part of the ‘Atmanirbhar South Asia‘ initiative.
Deb said the BJP deeply valued the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) partnership. Nepal is a member of SAARC.
On Monday, Sri Lanka’s Election Commission Chairman Nimal Punchihewa shot down reports of the BJP planning to set up a political unit in the island nation, saying the country’s electoral law does not permit such an arrangement.
“Any Sri Lankan political party or group is permitted to have external links with any party or group overseas. But, our electoral laws do not permit overseas political parties to work here,” media reported Punchihewa as telling reporters in Colombo.