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Setback for Congress as key Sonia Gandhi aide Tom Vadakkan joins BJP

Immediately after joining, Vadakkan said he was 'hurt' at the situation within the Congress a it was not clear that who was the power centre

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tom Vadakkan
Congress leader Tom Vadakkan joins Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Photo: ANI

In a huge embarrassment to the ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, its spokesperson Tom Vadakkan, once a key aide of UPA 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 Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and later met its president 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 Pakistan 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 party chief Rahul Gandhi's leadership of the Congress, he said he gave the party two decades of his life but it has now resorted to a practise of "use and throw".

Dynastic politics 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 Lok Sabha elections from a seat in Kerala.

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 13:55 IST