In a major setback to the Congress party, the party’s spokesperson Tom Vadakkan, who was considered quite close to party’s chairperson Sonia Gandhi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday.
Vadakkan said he was deeply hurt at the way the Congress questioned the integrity of the armed forces after the suicide bombing at Pulwama led to India-Pakistan tensions.
“I gave my prime of life to the Congress. But dynastic politics is now at its zenith in the party… There’s no place in it for self-respecting people,” he said.
Vadakkan held various positions in the Congress party. He has been a general secretary of the Congress as well.
After joining BJP, Vadakkan said, “When you question the integrity of the Armed Forces, I am deeply hurt and that is precisely the reason why I am here.”
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If some political party takes a position against the country, then I do not have an option but to leave the party… This is not right,” he added.