Rahul Gandhi Shrugs Off BJP Switch, "Vadakkan? He's Not A Big Leader"

Rahul Gandhi Shrugs Off BJP Switch, "Vadakkan? He

Rahul Gandhi Shrugs Off BJP Switch, "Vadakkan? He's Not A Big Leader" 

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, the President of Congress party had today dismissed the exit of Tom Vadakkan by saying, he is "not a big leader." Tom Vadakkan, known to be a close aide to UPA chairperson, Responding to reporters in Chhattisgarh's Raipur, Mr Gandhi said, "Vadakkan? No, no Vadakkan is not a big leader."

The former Congress spokesperson, Tom Vadakkan had surprised everyone by joining the BJP on Thursday, in the presence of union minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Immediately after joining the BJP, Mr Vadakkan said that he was "hurt" at the situation within the Congress. It was not clear who was the power centre, he said. Mr Vadakkan further said that the Congress' reaction to air strikes on a terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot was "painful". Now he believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development narrative, said the newest BJP leader.

The Congress party, yesteday dismissed Mr Vadakkan's criticism and slammed him for his change of stand saying that till recently he used to "abuse" the Prime Minister.

"Our best wishes to him," Congress' chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala said when asked about Mr Vadakkan joining the BJP. When asked about Mr Vadakkan citing dynastic politics and the Congress' stand on India's retaliatory strikes after Pulwama attack, Mr Surjewala said that every person, who leaves a party to join another party "searching for a better future", has to say something. "Till now he used to abuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi, so what is the opinion of Modi ji and Ravi Shankar ji on that," he said.