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Khushbu Sundar Join BJP,Hours After Quitting Congress Over "Suppression"
Khushbu Sundar said she felt "pushed and suppressed" by people who had no connect with ground reality.
Khushbu Sundar Join BJP, Hours After Quitting Congress Over "Suppression"
New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar, one of the Congress's most prominent defenders, quit the party today and joined the BJP just months before the Tamil Nadu elections.
In her resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, she wrote that she felt "pushed and suppressed" by people who had no connection with ground reality.
"Few elements seated at a higher level within the party, people who have no connectivity with the ground reality or public recognition are dictating terms and people like me who wanted to work for the party sincerely, are being pushed and suppressed," Khushbu Sundar, 50, wrote.
Delhi: Khushboo Sundar meets BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda after joining the party.— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2020
She had resigned from Congress earlier today. pic.twitter.com/kqiuGT8Hi6
After a long thorough thought process over a period of time, have decided to end my association with the party," she said. Even before the letter emerged, the Congress had dropped her as a spokesperson. The party said her exit would have "zero damage" in Tamil Nadu.
"If the nation has to move forward, then we need somebody like Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the country in the right direction," Khushbu Sundar told reporters after joining the BJP.
BJP may also rope her in for the 2021 assembly elections to break the new grounds in Tamil Nadu, a state that has been elusive for the party." Khushbu will change the perception of the BJP in Tamil Nadu," said sources in the BJP's Tamil Nadu unit.
She had joined the DMK in 2010 when DMK was in power particularly after she took up the role of the late nationalist leader Periyar's wife Maniammai in a biographical film largely funded by the Tamil Nadu government.