New Delhi: Tom Vadakkan’s joining of BJP has not got under the skin of Congress. It seems the party couldn’t care less about his decision.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chadurvedi wished him “all the best”.
It was like Congress was having the last laugh, because many termed his defection befell BJP.
However, Vadakkan might enjoy a whiff of freedom for the first time. Meanwhile, BJP’s Sreedharan Pillai might savour the turncoat.
Vadakkan spent decades at Congress headquarters daydreaming a political career.
Alongside, he vainly spent years convincing Congress leaders that he was a better orator and knew even the intricate bylines of his native Thrissur.
What he pined for was a seat in Thrissur and thus to become a lawmaker. He didn’t want anything more.
No amount of kowtowing before leadership could help him reach anywhere.
Beginning with media job at AICC, over time, he came by decorations like Congress spokesperson.
As generations of leadership flowed by, Vadakkan remained stagnant.
Eventually, nothing helped him more than Pulwama attack in his darkest hours.
No matter, all his calculations in career politics may have been erroneous. But how could he allow the party’s calculation on Pulwama go wrong?
History wouldn’t absolve the party of such a crime. Nor was he young enough to bide time for another poll. What’s wrong with BJP after all?
If Kannathanam could become minister, Kummanam a governor, what’s more befitting than jumping on the BJP bandwagon?
Let Modi-Shah conglomerate decide how best to utilize this body. Let them take into account his years spent at AICC placing order for tea and snacks.
Will this asset be a liability to BJP? Only time will tell.
Perhaps, Vadakkan would mouth off to all those khadar-wearing backdashers in Kerala like Mammotty did in the film Vadakkan Veeragaatha, “No boys, you can’t beat Tom, People are with me”.