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On Thursday (March 14), Congress leader Tom Vadakkan joined BJP in the presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Vadakkan said that Congress questioned the integrity of the armed forces which hurt him deeply.

“I am deeply hurt and that is why I am here,” Tom Vadakkan said while adding Congress’s reaction to Pulwama attack was precisely the reason why he left the party.

“The attack by Pakistan on our land and the reaction from my party was sad indeed,” Vadakkan said.
“This is against the national interest and I have left the party on a sad note,” Vadakkan said.

“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.

For years, Vadakkan had been in charge of the party’s media strategy but was eased out after the Congress had to rise to the challenge of the BJP’s muscular social media strategy. The media cell, where he was a secretary, is dominated by Priyanka Chaturvedi and its chief Randeep Surjewala.

Seated by BJP’s Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a press conference today, Vadakkan said he has given his “prime years” to Congress.

Accusing the party of having “dynastic politics” and a “use and throw culture” he said, “It is not acceptable… There’s no place in it for self-respecting people”.

Sources said Vadakkan had been keen on a ticket to contest elections and the BJP is likely to have promised him one.

Tom was the second key opposition leader to cross over to the BJP today. Arjun Singh, Trinamool Congress lawmaker from Bengal’s Bhatpara assembly seat switched sides in New Delhi this afternoon.

(Inputs from media reports)

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