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‘Party workers are happy today’: The Congress is unmoved by Tom Vadakkan leaving to join the BJP

Tom Vadakkan’s decision to join the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday was greeted largely with indifference by the Congress. The party’s leaders insisted they would not lose sleep over his defection since Vadakkan neither has a mass support base in his home state of Kerala nor did he play a major role in the party’s national affairs, his visibility in the media notwithstanding.

Indeed, senior Congressmen expressed surprise at how the media was “playing up” Vadakkan’s exit “despite being aware of his limited role in the party’s affairs”. This was in stark contrast to how Hardik Patel’s decision to join the Congress was reported. The Patidar leader’s February 12 entry was underplayed by the media, the Congress leaders complained, despite the fact that he enjoys a mass following which helped the grand old party run the BJP in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly election.

“Those who exited Congress do not have the support of even 10 people in their home turf,” VT Balram, a Congress legislator in Kerala, wrote on Facebook. “But don’t forget leaders like Hardik Patel, who can singlehandedly organise a rally of 10 lakh people, are coming to the Congress fold.”

Congress leaders claimed Vadakkan’s exit would not harm the party in any way….

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