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All you need to know about Tom Vadakkan: Veteran Sonia loyalist who joined BJP today

Tom Vadakkan was known as Sonia loyalist in the Congress party, that is untill today when he jumped ship to join BJP. He was a vocal critic of BJP and its policies as a spokesperson. 

Reported by: India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: March 14, 2019 16:33 IST ]

Former Congress leader Tom Vadakkan after he joined Bharatiya Janta Party, in New Delhi today

In a setback to Congress and Sonia Gandhi, veteran party spokesperson Tom Vadakkan today joined the rival BJP.

Tom Vadakkan, a long time Sonia Gandhi loyalist said that he was hurt by how his party reacted at the events that have unfolded since Pulwama attack and said that he had no business being in a party which did not speak in the favour of the nation.

“It hurt me deeply when you question the integrity of the armed forces. The matter is not of ideology, this is about patriotism. If a political party takes a position against the country, I had no option but to leave the party,” he said. 

Who is Tom Vadakkan? 

Tom Vadakkan was known as Sonia loyalist in the Congress party, that is until today when he jumped ship to join BJP. He was a vocal critic of BJP and its policies as a spokesperson. 

Vaddakkan, who hails from Kerala, was a part of the first media group formed by Sonia Gandhi in the late 1990s when she became the President of the INC

He has formerly held the positions of Secretary of AICC and former Convenor Grievance cell INC

Tom Vadakkan is a close relative of Joseph Vadakkan, the Christian political activist.

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