WATCH: Former Congress leader CR Kesavan joins BJP

WATCH: Former Congress leader CR Kesavan joins BJP

Kesavan is the great-grandson of India's first Indian Governor-General, C Rajagopalachari. He had quit the Congress party in the month of Feb.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, April 08, 2023, 02:56 PM IST
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Former Congress leader and great-grandson of India's first Indian Governor-General, C Rajagopalachari, CR Kesavan joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday. Kesavan had quit the Congress party in the month of Feb.

Shortly after joining the BJP, Kesavan addressed the media and shared about his feeling after joining the party. He expressed gratitude towards the party leaders for inducting him in the party.

"I want to thank you for inducting me into the world's largest political party-BJP, especially on a day when our PM is in Tamil Nadu," said Kesavan.

"PM Modi's transformative leadership has inspired everyone in the country. You see progress everywhere...We believe in the leadership of PM Modi and he will take us on the right path," said former Congress leader CR Kesavan.

Kesavan quit Congress a month ago

Joining the long list of disillusioned leaders and functionaries who had quit the national party earlier, C R Kesavan resigned from the party on Feb 23. He had joined the Congress in 2001. 

Posting on Twitter, a copy of his resignation letter addressed to party president Mallikarjun Kharge, Kesavan said he was quitting from the primary membership of the Congress and as a trustee of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee Charitable Trust. He however claimed he has not spoken to any other party but was not sure what would unfold next.

"Can no longer stand for party's ideology"

“I am truly sad to say that for a while now I have not seen any vestiges of the values that made me work for the party with dedication for over two decades. I can no longer with good conscience say that I concur with what the party presently symbolises, stands for nor seeks to propagate,” he said. 

Hence, he had declined a recent national-level organisational responsibility and also refrained from participating in Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.

To remain active in politics

However, he hinted he would remain politically active. “I will endeavour in good faith to resolutely serve our country through a political platform. It will be one where I can steadfastly uphold the integrity and ideals of public life, instilled and defended by founding fathers and mothers of our great nation and my great grand father, C. Rajagopalachari,” Kesavan said. 

Incidentally, Kesavan is not a mass leader and many even in the Congress circles in Tamil Nadu were not familiar with him or that he was associated with the party. Technically, his exit does not affect the party electorally.

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