Once a key aide of former Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Tom Vadakkan joined Bharitya Janata Party today. Vadakkan claimed that he was “hurt” by Congress when it questioned the “integrity of armed forces.”
Vadakkan said that “the attack by Pakistani terrorists on our land and the reaction by my party was sad indeed. It hurt me deeply when the integrity of armed forces was questioned. That is precisely the reason why I am here. It is not about ideology but about patriotism.” “I am deeply hurt and that is why I am here,” added Vadakkan.
Vadakkan joined the ruling party in the presence of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. He also met BJP President Ami Shah as well.
Vadakkan, 60, was the integral part of the Congress’ media management team when Sonia Gandhi was the party head. However, once Rahul Gandhi assumed party leadership he was sidelined and lost influence. He was not even given Lok Sabha tickets by the party in 2009 and 2014.
Attacking the Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, Vadakkan said he has served the party for two decades but it has now resorted to a practice of use and throw.
Reacting to the news Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “We were very pained at his departure. We hope whatever his desires are, they are fulfilled in the BJP.”