Congress leader Tom Vadakkan, who was also a close aide to UPA chief Sonia Gandhi, on Thursday joined the BJP. Tom Vadakkan joined the saffron party in the presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Sinha and other top leaders. Announcing the surprising move ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Tom Vadakkan accused Congress of questioning the integrity of armed forces in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack and the Indian Air Force strike on a Pakistani terror camp in Balakot.
Addressing the media, Tom Vadakkan said he was deeply hurt when some of his party leaders questioned the integrity of the armed forces. Vadakkan added that he believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development narrative, so he is joining them. Tom Vadakkan said that he left the Congress because when Pakistani terrorists attacked the motherland, Congress’ reaction to it was sad, which hurt him deeply. He said he had no option but to leave when a political party takes such a position against the country.
Vadakkan, a Congress worker from Kerala’s Thrissur district, had been a Delhi-based entity for quite sometime. His mere presence in the Congress office in the turbulent post-Sitaram Kesri years at a time when people were launching rebel Congress outfits, including the Nationalist Congress Party, and his subsequent loyalty to the Gandhis saw him become a national-level functionary, the national spokesperson and AICC secretary. While most journalists in Kerala dismiss his joining the BJP as a pointless gesture, they do concede that Vadakkan’s switching sides from the Congress to the BJP can give the saffron party more visibility in Christian quarters. Vadakkan had been more than content as a translator to Congress President Rahul Gandhi or former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi when they spoke at party rallies in Kerala.
On Tom Vadakkan’s surprising move, he was trolled on Twitter. The memes from Kerala were yet to hit social media on what is seen there to be an insignificant non-mass based leader who defected when the timing fell into place. But they are sure to be dripping sarcastic venom. In the meanwhile, here are some tweets: