Nepal has conveyed its “formal objection” to India over Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s statement about expanding the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) influence to Sri Lanka and Nepal and forming governments there.

Expressing displeasure, Nepal has lodged a formal protest with India over the remarks and termed it as objectionable.

Responding to a tweet from a Nepalese citizen on Deb’s comments, Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali said on Tuesday, “Noted. Formal objection has been already conveyed.”

The Tripura Chief Minister, sparked a controversy when he told at an event held in Agartala on February 13 that Union home minister Amit Shah had purportedly spoken about plans to expand the BJP’s influence in neighbouring countries.

According to reports, even the Sri Lankan government was trying to verify if the Union Home Minister had actually made the remarks as stated by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.