STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Vadakkan? Vadakkan not a big leader: Rahul on Congress defector

Gandhi also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over unemployment, farmers distress and alleged corruption in the Rafale deal with France.

Published: 15th March 2019 06:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2019 07:20 PM   |  A+A-

Former Congress leader Tom Vadakkan after he joined BJP in New Delhi.

Former Congress leader Tom Vadakkan after he joined BJP in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

RAIPUR: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday made light of family loyalist Tom Vadakkan's decision to join the BJP. Gandhi said Vadaakkan was not a big leader.

"Vadakkan? Vadakkan is not a big leader," Gandhi told reporters at Raipur airport before leaving for Odisha tour.

ALSO READ: Till now he used to 'abuse' PM Modi: Congress on Vadakkan criticising it after joining BJP

In a huge embarrassment to the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, its spokesperson Tom Vadakkan, once a key aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP Thursday and attacked his former party for its stand on Balakot air strikes.

Gandhi also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over unemployment, farmers distress and alleged corruption in the Rafale deal with France.

FOLLOW OUR ELECTION COVERAGE HERE

"There are three issues in the country. The biggest issue is of unemployment. Narendra Modi has failed (to create employment opportunities). The other issue is of corruption. You must have heard about Rafale. PM has put Rs 30,000 crore in the pocket of businessman Anil Ambani," he said.

The third issue is of farmers. We (Congress) waived off loans of farmers in Chhattisgarh within two days (of coming to power). Narendra Modi talked about farmers for five years of his rule and keeps on talking about them," he said.

Gandhi claimed Modi gave money of farmers, which they had given for (crop) insurance, to "people like Anil Ambani".



Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • Mahaboob

    Nobody knows a person called vadakkan. So leave it.may be these TVs will make this name popular.
    2 years ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp