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EXCLUSIVE: "Many Of Us Spoke, But Who Is Listening?", Complains Former Congress Loyalist Tom Vadakkan After Joining BJP

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • While speaking to Republic TV Tom Vadakkan claimed that he is a 'free man' now and that his reason to step out of the Congress party was the Pulwama terror attack
  • Tom Vadakkan, a loyalist for two-decades was the National communication Secretary for Indian National Congress.

Tom Vadakkan spoke live to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Thursday, hours after ending his two-decade-plus long association with the Congress party and joining the BJP as their spokesperson.

While speaking to Republic TV Vadakkan claimed that he is a "free man" now and that his reason to step out of the Congress party was the Pulwama terror attack that pricked his conscience following the Congress party questioning the government to provide evidence. 

When questioned if he told the Congress party internally that raising those questions were against the interest of the nation and inappropriate.

He responded saying, "There were many of us who spoke, but who is listening? You can't talk to the walls. There must be somebody listening to re-shape the policy line. 

He further revealed that there is no connect within the Congress party and that they lose loyalists because their views are disregarded. 

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"There is no connect and when there is no connect, this is the accident that happens. You lost loyalists because they express a view which is not heeded for and this has been happening for quite some time. But today it was unbearable and I decided to walk out," he added.

Tom Vadakkan, a loyalist for two-decades was the National communication Secretary for Indian National Congress. He was considered a close aide of UPA chairperson and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi.  

Resented by the stand taken by Rahul Gandhi's party on the Pulwama terror attack, Vadakkan, while speaking exclusively to Republic TV, suggested after having to endorse Congress party's views for decades, he is free.

"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.

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