BJP not a major player in Puducherry, says Congress
Puducherry Pradesh Congress Committee president A. Namassivayam, who is the second in command in the Narayanasamy Ministry, has said that the BJP had been trying to rope in “politically abandoned” leaders to gain some foothold in the Union Territory but the saffron party would not succeed in its effort as the electorate here nurtures a strong affinity to the Congress ideology.
“The Congress is strong enough to defeat the designs of the saffron party,” he added.
Mr. Namassivayam, who spoke to The Hindu on the ongoing revamp of the PCC, said the BJP was a non-starter in the political sphere of the Union Territory and it would remain so in future despite its efforts to “recruit politically abandoned leaders” into its fold.
“They are trying to get some politically extinct leaders into their fold. The culture of the UT is entirely different and the people here are ideologically oriented to the Congress," said Mr. Namassivayam, who was a strong contender for the Chief Minister's post after the Congress-DMK alliance swept to power in the last Assembly elections.