In what could come as an embarrassment for Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, his relatives joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday at a party function in Kochi. The BJP welcomed Tharoor’s aunt and her husband into the party, however, Tharoor’s aunt Sobhana Sasikumar and her husband Sasikumar said they had been longtime supporters of the saffron party and wondered why such a function was organised to welcome them into the party.
Welcoming 14 new members from diverse backgrounds into the party, BJP’s Kerala president P S Sreedharan Pillai called them the cream of Kochi and honoured them with a party shawl in presence of media.
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Addressing the function, Pillai hailed the historic background of Tharoor’s family in Palakkad district and said people from such backgrounds becoming part of the BJP have to be welcomed, PTI reported.
When reporters approached Tharoor’s relatives, the duo said they had been longtime supporters of the BJP and did not know why such a function was organised to welcome them and asked the media to put the question to BJP leaders as to why it was held and left the venue.
BJP Ernakulam district general secretary K S Shaiju said the function was organised to give membership to new people. Tharoor’s relatives might have attended various party functions as its supporters but Friday’s function was organised to give them party membership, he said.
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According to Congress sources, Tharoor is likely to be the party candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency which he currently represents in the lower house of the Parliament.
The development comes a day after Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan joined the BJP serving a big blow to the Congress just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Vadakkan, who was once a key aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP on Thursday and attacked the grand old party for its stand on Balakot air strikes.
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Source: Financial Express