‘This enterprise of monopoly of 1 household should finish.’
‘Right here, they picked up a couple of leaders for him as he wanted help which was okay, however later, they turned his cronies.’
Tom Vadakkan, a Congress spokesperson who was perceived to be near Sonia Gandhi not too long ago resigned from the social gathering and joined the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi described Vadakkan as a ‘man with no mass following’.
“When you do not have entry to the management, what are you speculated to do?” Vadakkan asks Rediff.com‘s Shobha Warrier.
After resigning from the Congress, you mentioned the Balakot assault was the explanation behind your quitting the social gathering.
Was it the way in which the social gathering doubted the assault that made you are taking such a call?
Sure, that was the explanation.
The Congress was criticising the assault primarily based on what Reuters had mentioned, that there was no assault at Balakot.
My query at the moment was, which I felt was very logical, if there was no assault, why did Reuters rush a staff to the spot after making that announcement? It was fairly evident that that they had data that there was an assault.
The second query was, why did the Pakistani administration cease Reuters from going to the spot?
The conclusion was, Reuters was unsure and the Pakistani administration had one thing to cover.
So, the circumstantial proof confirmed that there was an assault on the terrorist camp at Balakot.
I mentioned then and even at present that crying wolf on a regular basis when there was a breach of nationwide safety was not within the curiosity of any political social gathering.
You shouldn’t politicise all the pieces. You noticed an IAF personnel coming again with accidents on his face, however nonetheless asking whether or not there was an assault on the Pakistani terrorist camp and the way many individuals died. This was undesirable.
The purpose was the federal government did it and so they had the nerve to do it. Allow us to separate politics from issues regarding nationwide safety.
Did you converse to Congress leaders about your reservations?
I did converse to a few people who find themselves related. See, when you do not have entry to the management, what are you speculated to do?
For those who ask for an appointment, it’s possible you’ll get it a yr or two years later. I imply the highest management…
You imply Rahul Gandhi?
I do not need to take names. By the point you get an appointment with the highest management, the difficulty will die and the federal government will change.
So, I spoke to the individuals who would convey my reservations to the management, however nothing occurred.
I used to be defending the social gathering on all points and was very crucial of the federal government.
The function of the spokesperson is to paraphrase and current the view of the social gathering. You might be presenting not your view, however the social gathering’s view. So, I used to be doing a job that was assigned to me.
The distinction at present is that I can categorical my views overtly.
Was your quitting the social gathering the end result of so many issues that had occurred earlier?
I do not contemplate myself a mass-based chief or something like that. I’ve been an activist and I’ll proceed to stay an activist.
The very fact is, I had no urgent drawback to go away, however there have been points.
I all of the sudden discovered the division that I constructed with ache within the final 15, 20 years getting demolished. It pains you to see that. It’s not that anyone within the social gathering was conspiring towards me.
There may be inside politics in every single place. For those who do not encounter politics in a political workplace, you then can not name it a political workplace.
However my essential concern was I could not proceed this mendacity enterprise on a regular basis. I assumed, sufficient is sufficient and determined to give up.
IMAGE: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad welcomes Tom Vadakkan to the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering.
You had been with the Congress for greater than twenty years and also you had been a spokesperson of the social gathering. You had been additionally identified to be near Sonia Gandhi. From that place to leaving the social gathering, was it a painful determination to take?
I did have sleepless nights. I do not need to speak about my equation with Soniaji. It was a relationship that existed and she or he impressed me at the moment.
Her son has arrived now and I’ve not seen a lot of him.
Once I do not see my leaders, once I do not know their views, I assumed I had no enterprise to be there.
I do not know whether or not I exist for them. It was like a lawyer with no purchasers, but arguing non-existing instances.
I had a consumer when Soniaji was there.
Did you’re feeling sidelined after Rahul Gandhi turned social gathering president?
If I acquired sidelined, I’m sorry to say your entire social gathering acquired sidelined. The interface was lacking.
When the bonding an activist or employee embedded within the social gathering had fails, all the pieces fails.
Possibly 10, 15 years later, he (Rahul Gandhi) could mature as a politician. It occurs while you get positions due to your loved ones connection.
Why is the Congress synonymous with one household as if it belongs to the household?
I’ve requested myself this query many instances. The Congress was a gathering level the place points had been mentioned and its leaders had been a cementing drive and stored the social gathering collectively.
However this enterprise of monopoly of 1 household should finish. In the end, in a democracy, it needs to be an open home.
Right here, they picked up a couple of leaders for him as he wanted help which was okay, however later, they turned his cronies.
It doesn’t suggest that if a brand new sapling is rising, all the massive timber need to be chopped off.
I’m not saying I’m a giant tree, however the truth is all the massive timber had been lower off.
It’s not nearly me, it’s about many senior leaders additionally.
The very fact is, saplings need to study to reside and develop below huge timber.
His sister Priyanka has been inducted as a high chief. Why does no one within the social gathering query this?
Let me reply this within the type of one other query. Do you assume anyone questioning will survive within the Indian Nationwide Congress?
He would change into an ex-member and never be within the Congress social gathering. So, how do you count on anybody to query?
I haven’t got to say something extra. On this concern, you’re going to get a deafening silence from any Congressman.
Quitting the social gathering is one factor, however becoming a member of the social gathering you had been criticising all these years quickly after is one other. Why did you be a part of the BJP?
In most of the tv debates I participated, I used to fulfill the BJP Rajya Sabha member Rakesh Sinha.
Earlier than the programme, we used to debate many issues over a cup of espresso. Then he talked about one thing which struck me, which was cultural nationalism. Rakesh Sinha is a member of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s dad or mum).
Once I examine cultural nationalism, I understood that it’s all inclusive; it’s nothing about any faith.
It’s extra about patriotism, which I believe is paramount. Belonging to this social gathering or that social gathering just isn’t essential; we have now to have that ingredient to remain collectively.
Patriotism is the most important cementing drive.
The propaganda that’s there towards the BJP is that it’s anti-minority, however their need is to incorporate all minorities.
I need to ship out the message that if an individual like me, who was the face of the Congress, can be a part of the BJP, it’s time so that you can have a re-look on the social gathering.
That is why I, a Roman Catholic from Kerala, determined to affix the BJP.
Did not you’re feeling awkward becoming a member of the social gathering after criticising the BJP and the federal government vociferously all these years?
It is best to distinguish between my views and the views of the social gathering. I informed (BJP nationwide President) Amit (Anilchandra) Shah bluntly that I used to be the spokesperson of a celebration and all these years, I used to be doing my job.
My views as a free particular person just isn’t the views of the social gathering. I’d say I’ve acquired azaadi now.
That is Tom Vadakkan, the person, talking and never Tom Vadakkan, the spokesperson.
If you must converse for the BJP now, will you’ve got the identical azaadi?
No restriction has been imposed on me. Additionally, I’m not their spokesperson.
My place is the BJP is my social gathering now and I’ve set an instance as an individual from the minority neighborhood by becoming a member of the BJP.
How do you, Tom Vadakkan the particular person with azaadi, examine the Congress and the BJP now?
I discover them (BJP employees and leaders) terribly pleasant. I met loads of employees and leaders.
In actual fact, I used to be on stage with (the veteran BJP legislator from Kerala) O Rajagopal the very subsequent day after becoming a member of and I acquired a standing ovation.
Once they requested me how they need to tackle me, I mentioned they might tackle me as a BJP employee. So, they introduced my identify as a BJP employee.
I felt superb as I’m not in competitors with anyone however myself.
It was reported that you just had wished to contest the election from Thrissur a number of instances, however you weren’t allowed to. Do you intend to contest from Thrissur now?
See, I’ve given them a clean cheque and informed them to make use of me in no matter manner they see me as helpful.
I informed them if you’d like me to contest the elections, I’ll leap at it. I’ve not contested any elections to date.
If they need me to marketing campaign in Kerala, I’ll try this.
If they need me to marketing campaign within the north east, I’ll try this.
I informed them to ship me someplace the place I’d be helpful to the social gathering.
In Kerala, the BJP is checked out as a Hindu social gathering. With Alphons Kannanthanam and also you within the social gathering, do you assume the BJP is attempting to alter that picture?
I’ve not arrived as a Christian missionary. I’m on a secular platform.
What sort of outcomes do you see within the Lok Sabha election?
The jury is already out. Individuals are sensible and so they know the reality. They’ll take choices primarily based on the bottom actuality.
All this false propaganda (by the Congress) won’t assist them. Political events have to understand that persons are wiser and so they know who has delivered and what has been delivered.