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Gandhi family loyalist Tom Vadakkan joins BJP

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a jolt to the ahead of the elections, Tom Vadakkan, its and until now a Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist, on Thursday joined the BJP complaining about "dynastic politics".

The announcement came on a day was in Kerala, to which Vadakkan belongs.

(BJP) told the media that Vadakkan had been impressed by the work done by the

Vadakkan said on Thursday that he was deeply hurt over the way the raised questions in the aftermath of the suicide bombing at Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel and triggered India-tensions.

"I gave my prime of life to the Congress. But dynastic is now at its zenith in the party... There's no place in it for self-respecting people," he said.

Vadakkan has tried unsuccessfully in the past for Congress ticket in elections.

With the BJP seeking to make inroads in Kerala, Prasad noted that Vadakkan was from the "Roman Catholic family" -- an oblique reference to Sonia Gandhi's Christian origins.

Vadakkan has handled the for many years when was the Congress He was later appointed an AICC and then became a

has been the longest serving Congress and most about her meetings and engagements during the UPA regime were handled by Vadakkan.

After being appointed in March 2015, Vadakkan passionately articulated the party's viewpoint and slammed the

Vadakkan, who hails from Thrissur, could be fielded by the BJP in the elections from

Congress leaders in Kerala, however, insisted that Vadakkan's departure was a non-issue for the party.

Congress spokesperson said in Thiruvananthapuram: "We have only seen Vadakkan on TV channels. In he has had no space or role. His leaving is not going to affect us in any manner."

Congress and former MLA P.C. Vishnunath said he failed to understand the noise over Vadakkan joining the BJP.

"Vadakkan is one person who will not be able to make any impact even in a local body in Who is he? Our only plea to the BJP is to see that they retain him forever," he said.

But said that many more Congress leaders were expected to join the party.

"Vadakkan is just one. You just wait and see, more are coming. But I will not reveal who they are," said Pillai.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 16:06 IST