A true loyalist of Congress party for close to two decades, Tom Vadakkan on Thursday jumped the boat and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Disgruntled and disgusted by the stand taken by Rahul Gandhi's party on the Pulwama terror attack, Vadakkan, while speaking exclusively to Republic TV, suggested that now he is set free after having to endorse Congress party's views for decades.
"Now when I have come out of that (Congress), I have no restraint of being a spokesman anymore. I can express my views and I feel comfortable at it.....I am not bound by any rules of that party to defend anybody anymore. I have defended enough, and this is the full stop I am putting out that I won't do anymore," he said.
When asked if his decision to quit came about because of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, the newly joined BJP leader shied away from answering it, stating Pulwama was the real issue.
"I have mentioned it in my press conference that issue was Pulwama that triggered the whole exercise that I walked out of my party. There are other issues too, but I don't intend to focus on them because that gets personal. What I am referring to is pure ideology, where I had differences, and I walked out....And I don't intend to get into personalities, individuals," Tom Vadakkan added.
He was the National communication Secretary for Indian National Congress and was considered as a close aide of UPA chairperson and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
At the press conference where he was unveiled as a BJP leader, Tom Vadakkan mentioned that along with his party's views on Pulwama, he was impressed with the work done by the PM Narendra Modi.
"I am impressed by the polices of Honourable Prime Minister Modi. I also want to add that I have worked for Congress for 20 years. Use and throw phenomenon has started and it is not acceptable for hard-working members. I am thankful to the BJP president who has given me membership and has put trust on me and I am thankful that Prime Minister for wishing me luck," he said upon being inducted into the BJP.