A day after Sonia Gandhi’s key aide Tom Vadakkan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke on the development. ANI reported that when asked about what effect Vadakkan’s leaving the Congress would have on the party, Rahul Gandhi said, “Vadakkan? No, no Vadakkan is not a big leader.”
In a brief interaction with media persons, Rahul Gandhi downplayed Vadakkan’s leaving the party and sought to bring focus on the issues that the party has been attacking the BJP and PM Modi on.
Ironically, Vadakkan’s announcement came on a day when Congress president Rahul Gandhi kick-started the party’s election campaign in Kerala’s Thrissur, Vadakkan’s home constituency.
Vadakkan blames Congress’ “dynastic politics
A Gandhi family loyalist, Vadakkan had joined the BJP on Thursday in a surprise move. At the media briefing announcing his move to the BJP, Vadakkan, who had spent two decades with the party’s media department, criticised the Congress party’s response to the air strikes India had launched on Balakot in Pakistan, in the aftermath of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans.
Dynastic politics has reached its zenith in the Congress, he said, adding that he believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development narrative.
“I left the party with a heavy heart. If a party is working against national interest, there is no other option but to leave it,” Vadakkan told reporters.
Vadakkan said he gave the Congress two decades of his life but the party has now resorted to the practice of “use and throw”.
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