Tom Vadakkan quits Congress, joins BJP

Vadakkan said he was ‘deeply hurt’ by his party’s response to the Balakot airstrike

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 14.03.19, 2:41 PM
  • Updated 14.03.19, 4:55 PM
  • a min read
Tom Vadakkan after he joined the BJP in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI

Tom Vadakkan, once a key aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP on Thursday and attacked his former party for its stand on the Balakot airstrike.

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 Congress 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.”

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

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

The BJP may field Vadakkan in the Lok Sabha elections from a seat in Kerala.