Sonia Gandhi's Close Aide Tom Vadakkan Joins BJP, Says "Hurt" By Party's Stand On Forces

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Sonia Gandhi's Close Aide Tom Vadakkan Joins BJP, Says "Hurt" By Party's Stand On Forces 

New Delhi: Congress Party's senior leader Tom Vadakkan today joined the BJP. Known to be a close aide of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Mr Vadakkan said that he was "deeply hurt" when his party of 20 years "questioned the integrity of the armed forces". The senior leader was referring to the airstrike carried out by India on a terrorist camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed after the Pulwama attack in which 40 soldiers were killed. Mr Vadakkan also said that he believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development narrative.

"I left Congress party because when Pakistani terrorists attacked our land, my party's reaction to it was sad, it 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," Mr Vadakkan, who was welcomed into the BJP by union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said.