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Cong leader Tom Vadakkan joins BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a huge embarrassment to the ahead of the polls, its Tom Vadakkan, once a key aide of chairperson Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP Thursday and attacked his former party for its stand on Balakot air strikes.

Vadakkan, who joined the saffron party in the presence of and later met its Amit Shah, said, "I am deeply hurt and that is why I am here."

Asserting that the questioned the integrity of armed forces, he said, "The attack by on our land and the reaction from my party was sad indeed."

"I left the party with heavy heart. If a party is working against national interest, there there is no other option but to leave it," he told reporters.

In an apparent attack on Rahul Gandhi's leadership of the Congress, he said he gave the party two years of his life but it has now resorted to a practise of "use and throw".

Dynastic has reached its zenith in the Congress, he said, adding that he believed in Narendra Modi's development narrative.

The BJP may field Vadakkan in the elections from a seat in

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 14:20 IST