New Delhi: Senior Congress party leader and spokesperson Tom Vadakkan on Thursday joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This incidentally happened on a day when Congress president Rahul Gandhi was visiting his home state, Kerala.
Vadakkan joined BJP at the party’s national headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. He met BJP chief Amit Shah separately.
“I left Congress party because when Pakistani terrorists attacked our land, my party's reaction to it was sad, it hurt me deeply. If a political party takes such a position that is against the country then I'm left with no option but to leave the party," ANI quoted Vadakkan as saying.
Vadakkan, considered to be a Gandhi family loyalist, has been actively working for the party, particularly on its media engagements, for over two decades now. A regular at Congress’ headquarter at 24, Akbar Road, Vadakkan was party’s media face, specially on television channels.
“We give him our wishes. Anyone who wants to leave the party for somewhere else for a better future has to say something. I am hopeful people will ask what the BJP thinks about the kind of attacks he has made on them in the past," Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.