Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan switched over to the BJP camp on 14 March 2019. This is very shocking because because Tom Vadakkan, had been with the Congress for nearly 20 years but he joined the BJP on Thursday in a surprise move and accused his former party of questioning the integrity of the armed forces.
After joining BJP, he stated, “It gives me great pleasure to join BJP. It hurts me deeply when you question the integrity of Armed Forces. The reason I left Congress was that I did not like their reaction on Pulwama attack.”
In an apparent attack on party chief Rahul Gandhi’s leadership of the Congress, he said he gave the party two decades of his life but it has now resorted to a practise of “use and throw”.
But what happened within one week?
The last time the former Congressman tweeted against the BJP was as late as March 9 when Vadakkan called the BJP ‘liars’ (jhoota).
Many on Twitter are now trolling these tweets and asking that the former Congress spokesperson should have atleast deleted recent tweets before joining the BJP or at least changed his Twitter bio which still reads Congress.
Tom Vadakkan not big leader: Rahul Gandhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday (15 March 2019) said that Tom Vadakkan is not a big leader when he was asked about the Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist’s decision to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Lok Sabha election 2019.
This decision of the former Congress leader to join BJP, no doubt, has shocked the grand old party to the core.
A media consultant-turned-politician, Vadakkan he never came into close contact with the grassroot-level politics. In 2009, his close association with the Congress high command and a likely candidature in the Lok Sabha elections had raised many an eyebrow.
After the Congress came into power, he became a close confidant and a personal assistant to then Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Later he was elevated to the stature of a spokesperson.
He worked as a media consultant in corporate and government sectors for over 15 years and later served as a media consultant to defence minister/petroleum minister. He was also the director of Trans (media) India.
Born on April, 20, 1958, he holds B.A. and M.A. in English literature from Delhi University. He later also did a Ph.D in mass communication.
Vadakkan worked under various capacities as the convener of News Watch and a member of National Grievances Cell where he used to report to the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. He then became secretary of AICC in-charge Media. He was the chairman of Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science (Delhi University) for seven years then also the chairman of Deen Dayal Upadhya College (Delhi University).
He was also the member secretary of HOPE (accredited to UN) and adviser of All India Consumer Forum, a member of National Central Film Censor Board and a delegated Member of Kerala Film Censor Board.
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