A day after Tom Vadakkan dumped the Congress party after working for over two decades and joined the BJP party in the presence of Union Law Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad, party president Rahul Gandhi insulted him, saying that 'he is not a big leader'.
Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's statements on senior leader Tom Vadakkam, BJP MP Rakesh Sinha slammed the Congress president and said that 'if Vadakkan is not a big leader, then who is a big leader in Congress'.
"It is shocking to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty because he (Tom Vadakkan) was loyal to the Neru-Gandhi dynasty because he served the party for two and half decades. He held the position of a national secretary. He was the media coordinator. If that person is not a big leader, then who is a big leader in Congress?," Rakesh Sinha said while speaking to Republic TV.
He went onto hit out at the Congress party for engaging in dynastic politics, adding that it has become intolerable for the senior leaders in the oldest party in Indian politics.
"In a dynasty politics, nobody can play the big leader except the family leaders. Therefore, Rahul Gandhi is declaiming Tom Vadakkan as a big leader. He left the party and raised a very fundamental question that dynasty has been getting its way in the party and it became intolerable for all senior leaders. They are creating the party into a family firm. It is not party - it is a party of four people - Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and the latest entry is Robert Vadra. Then those who served the party, where will they go. They found a better alternative in BJP," he added.
Further lashing out at Rahul Gandhi, the BJP leader reiterated the reasons due to which Tom Vadakkan left the Congress party and joined the BJP, only weeks ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
"If he's attacking Vadakkan, he is attacking all senior leaders of the party who have served with full commitment in the party. Yesterday, Tom Vadakkan did not attack Rahul Gandhi. He just said that he was hurt with Rahul Gandhi's remarks on national security, and siding with countries like China and Pakistan. It is big shock to the Congress party and a surgical strike on the Congress party," he said.
In a major blow and embarrassment for the Congress, Tom Vadakkan quit the Congress party and joined the BJP on Thursday. While speaking to Republic TV, Vadakkan had stated the reason to his exit from the grand old party was the Pulwama terror attack that pricked his conscience following the Congress party questioning the government to provide evidence.