Malaysian leader and Penang Deputy Chief Minister Professor Dr. Ramasamy does not believe that BJP is like Congress. He felt the need to make this comment after he saw an interview over this issue.
Professor Walter Andersen is the Director of the South Asia Studies Programme at Johns Hopkins University and he recently gave an interview in The Hindu which drew the attention of Malaysian leader Professor Dr. Ramasamy.
While drawing comparisons between BJP and Congress Andersen had said that:
(BJP) seems to becoming what the Congress once was, the only real national party and the arbitrator of local political deals. It also is developing the strong State party leaders that the Congress once had while simultaneously having a strong national leader (comparable to Nehru) who seeks both to strengthen the State parties while asserting himself as the CEO of these leaders.
Taking his recent quip on BJP and how it is turning out to be like Congress, Malaysian leader Professor Dr. Ramasamy said:
Is Walter Andersen right? I think there is world of difference between the two parties. While BJP for all its faults has brought some dignity to the people in India, the Congress Party in the hands of those who came after Gandhi, Nehru and Indira Gandhi have gambled away the future of India.
In the interview, Andersen had also commented on Yogi Adityanath’s elevation and said:
The selection of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is interesting and risky. It represents an effort to unite Hindus for the 2019 general election.
The Malaysian leader of Indian origin Professor Dr. Ramasamy was recently in India and he enjoys close relations with many Indian politicians. He was recently in India to attend the wedding of politician Vaiko’s nephew in Kalingappati, Madurai. Here, the Malaysian leader spoke at length with Yaswant Sinha, India’s former External Affairs minister from BJP.