WATCH THIS: "Vadakkan? No No, Vadakkan Isn't A Big Leader", Says Rahul Gandhi Taking A Swipe At Long-time Congress Loyalist Tom Vadakkan For Joining BJP

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:

Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at Tom Vadakkan who joined the BJP on Thursday after over two decades at the Congress, citing among other things the questioning of India's armed forces by his former party as a reason for his exit.

"Vadakkan? Nahi Nahi, Vadakkan bade leader nahi hain (No no, Vadakkan is not a big leader)", said Rahul Gandhi to reporters when asked for his comment on the former long-time Gandhi loyalist and Congress secretary's departure and consequent induction into the rival party.

Watch what Rahul Gandhi said in the video above.

After insulting Tom Vadakkan, Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on the Modi government, saying the following:

"Sabse bada mudda hai berozgari, Narendra Modi fail, Dusra Mudda hai brahstachar. Rafale ka naam suna hai?" (The biggest matter is unemployment. Narendra Modi has failed. The second issue is corruption. Have you heard of Rafale?)

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Vadakkan Speaks To Arnab Goswami After Leaving The Congress And Joining BJP

On Thursday, in a huge blow and embarrassment for the Congress, Tom Vadakkan quit the Congress party and joined the BJP, being inducted by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and then later meeting BJP chief Amit Shah.

Vadakkan had lamented numerous facets about the Congress party in the hours after his joining the BJP. 

"Pulwama was an issue I felt about strongly, was told I can't speak anything else than what the script was. My country is more important than belonging to any political party", he said, lashing out over the Congress questioning the armed forces in the events that transpired following the Pulwama terror attack and the IAF's strikes on Pakistan's terror bases across the LoC.

He also said that he had defended enough and wouldn't anymore:

"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. 

EXCLUSIVE: 'Defended Enough, Won't Anymore', Says Tom Vadakkan After Joining BJP From Congress