One of the most prominent faces of the Congress in Tamil Nadu, actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar, quit the party today and joined the BJP barely months ahead of the Tamil Nadu polls. She cited the reason for being “pushed and suppressed” by people within the party who had no connection with ground reality. She forwarded her resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
What is more hurting for the Congress is that Khushbu has defected to the opposition and the ruling central government BJP.
“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,” said 50-year-old Khushbu Sundar.
On the other hand, Congress is trying to downplay her resignation saying that it would cause “zero damage” in Tamil Nadu. The party dropped her as a spokesperson much before the letter emerged. “After a long thorough thought process over some time, have decided to end my association with the party,” she said.
The BJP has seen her induction as a big boost owing to her clout and following down south. The ruling party is perennially trying to capture the state for since long. Khushbu had been with the Congress for close to six years since 2014. However, her career with Congress didn’t take off as it was out of power since 2014. She remained the most visible face of the Congress on TV debates.
“Khushbu will change the perception of the BJP in Tamil Nadu,” said the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit, amid speculations that BJP is mulling to offer her a big role for the 2021 assembly elections in the state. Some say a Rajya Sabha seat is confirmed in the least.
She started with her political career in 2010 by joining hands with the ruling DMK. She remained with DMK till 2014 before joining the Congress.