Tom Vadakkan is not a big leader, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul’s remarks on Vadakkan evoked criticism as the latter was a regular visitor in power corridors of Congress. He remained the face of Congress for a long time in the capacity of spokesperson.

Written by Newsroom Staff March 15, 2019 18:28

New Delhi: A day after veteran Congressman and Sonia Gandhi key aide Tom Vadakkan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), party president Rahul Gandhi refused to acknowledge his importance.

“Vadakkan? No, no Vadakkan is not a big leader,” Rahul said on being questioned by newsmen.

Rahul’s remarks on Vadakkan evoked criticism as the latter was a regular visitor in power corridors of Congress. He remained the face of Congress for a long time in the capacity of spokesperson.

Tom Vadakkan claimed on Thursday that he had quit the grand old party because it was now resorting to “use and throw’ approach.

He said the dynastic politics in Congress has reached a level which is not acceptable to “self-respecting people’.

Vadakkan, National Secretary (Communications) in the All India Congress Committee was inducted into the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“The reason why I left the Congress party, with a heavy heart, is that the attack by the Pakistani terrorists on our land and the reaction from my party was sad indeed. When you question the integrity of the armed forces, I am deeply hurt and that is why I am here,” he said after joining the party.

“The question is not of the ideology. If a political party takes a decision that is against the nation, I had no other option but to leave it. It is about love for our nation. You are aware of the issues and during such a time, making such statements on such issues is vague,” said Vadakkan while attacking the Congress.

(With ANI inputs)

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