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Tuesday, February 16 2021


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We were discussing about the party at the guest house in Agartala when he (Amit Shah) was the national president. Someone from among us pointed out to Amit-ji that BJP was doing well in the country... In response, Amit Shah said there is still Sri Lanka... Nepal is left. We have to take the party there… we have to win there also. That is his mindset, to take the party across the world. Under him BJP became the largest political party in the world, bigger than the bigger communist party.

That’s Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb who shared this surprising plan for global domination in a “pep talk” with party workers. After the clip set off a political kerfuffle, the state BJP spokesperson defended Deb’s remarks, saying: “The capitalists and the communists cannot ensure peace and development. We can do it with our ideology and spiritual bent of mind. BJP-led India can be a margdarshak (guide).”

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