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Tom Vadakkan, Sonia loyalist, joins BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls, says hurt by Congress questioning integrity of armed forces

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Tom Vadakkan joins BJP

Tom Vadakkan joins BJP: Sonia Gandhi’s close aide and senior Congress leader Tom Vadakkan on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Vadakkan was Congress’ national general secretary and a prominent leader from Kerala.

He joined the saffron party at its head office in Delhi. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad welcomed him into the party and expressed confidence that his entry into the party would strengthen it.

Speaking to media, Vadakkan said that he left the Congress party with a heavy heart. The leader added that he was hurt at the situation within the Congress where it was not clear that who was the power centre.

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“After after the attack by Pakistani terrorists on our land, reaction from the party was sad. I am deeply hurt and that’s why I am precisely here. It’s not about ideology, it’s about love for the nation. I had no other option other than to leave the Congress,” he said.

“The use and throw culture in Congress is just not acceptable for a self-respecting worker like me and that’s why I am here,” he added.

Vadakkan also said that he believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development narrative.

Vadakkan joined the BJP at a time when Congress president Rahul Gandhi was in Kerala to review the preparations for the Lok Sabha polls.

Interestingly, just a couple of days ago, Vadakkan had retweeted Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi’s tweet about her visit to Sabarmati Ashram.

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