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Hurt By Party’s Reaction On Pulwama Aftermath, Key Sonia Gandhi Aide Tom Vadakkan Joins BJP

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| March 14 , 2019 , 15:18 IST

Less than a month before the Lok Sabha elections begin Congress party received a major setback as Veteran Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan, on Thursday, joined the BJP.

Vadakkan said he left the Congress because of its reaction to the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which 40 CRPF security personnel were killed.

He said he was deeply disappointed by his party's "questioning of the integrity of the armed forces" after the air strikes at the Jaish-e Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot.

“I left the Congress party because when Pakistani terrorists attacked our land, my party’s reaction to it was sad, and hurt me deeply. If a political party takes such a position that is against the country, then I’m left with no option but to leave the party,”  Vadakkan said. He also said he believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development narrative.

“A use-and-throw phenomenon has started, it is not acceptable for self-respecting workers of the party,” he said. No one knows who the power centers in the party are, he said.

Vadakkan’s induction to the BJP caused many surprises as he had been known for a long time as a loyalist of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. Vadakkan was part of the first media committee set up by Gandhi in the late 1990s when she became the Congress president.

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Just before Vadakkan’s entry, Trinamool Congress MLA from Bhatpara Arjun Singh joined the BJP. He wanted to contest the Barackpore seat, which again went to former Union Minister Dinesh Trivedi, pushing Singh towards the BJP.