Bangalore: Indo-US ties are likely to brace furthermore if Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Narendra Modi is voted to power in the 2014 polls, say 2 U.S. scholars, as reported by The Indian Express.
Tellis further mentioned that the transformation in bilateral ties began taking place during the term of the NDA government which was led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
"Prime Minister Singh was in many ways the beneficiary of that transformation that took place between 1998 and 2004," he said.
"I expect that if the BJP comes back into office, they will really continue that tradition, because in many ways the BJP view of the US is actually just as favourable as that held by Prime Minister Singh, if not more favorable. So I don't see any particular impediment, if there is a BJP government in office, for the bilateral relationship," Tellis added.Another scholar, Milan Vaishnav, said that the UPA government hopes to wholly display the contrast between themselves and the BJP through the PM’s visit.
"And so, by having the prime minister come and the US-India being sort of his crowning achievement, there is a kind of imagery that they're, gleefully bandying about," Vaishnav said. "The US, which as of now has maintained its status quo on its policy with regard to visa to Modi, said that this equation would change of the Gujarat Chief Minister becomes the Prime Minister next year," he argued.
He further stated, "If Modi is, in fact, the prime minister come next year, I think he will be allowed to come to the US. I think that the US will have normal bilateral relations," he said. "I think the section of the statute under which he was denied a visa does not apply, as far as I understand it, to heads of government. And so that, as a practical matter, isn't an issue."
"If you speak with US government officials both in Washington and in India, they have through our consul general's office in Mumbai, been meeting with Modi," he said.