Congress jolted as veteran Tom Vadakkan joins BJP

Poll-bound India’s grand old party Congress suffered a jolt when, in a surprise move, its national spokesman Tom Vadakkan, above (Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter), joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Addressing the media on Thursday, Vadakkan said he was deeply hurt by Congress party’s negative comments on the Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad and the subsequent cross-border retaliatory strike by Indian Air Force on Balakot’s terrorist training camp.

Dynastic politics in Congress has reached such an extent that no leader with self-respect can continue in the party, he said.

Vadakkan, who had been associated with Congress for over two decades, never contested elections. He had served as All India Congress Committee secretary.

The immediate cause of Vadakkan’s resignation from Congress may be the party’s refusal to allow him to contest from his home state, Kerala.

Before Congress announced the candidates for the forthcoming elections, Vadakkan gave media interviews expressing his interest to contest from Thrissur where the large chunk of Christian voters had consistently voted for Congress over the years. Vadakkan hails from a Roman Catholic family.

Now BJP may field him as their candidate in Thrissur.

Vadakkan thanked BJP chief Amit Shah for accepting him as a member of the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wishing him good luck.

He said he strongly believed in Modi’s development narrative.