Former Kerala CM Karunakaran’s Daughter Padmaja Venugopal Joins BJP Ahead of LS Polls


Last Updated: March 07, 2024, 20:13 IST

Former Congress leader from Kerala Padmaja Venugopal addresses media after joining BJP in the presence of party leader Prakash Javadekar, in New Delhi, on 7 March 2023. (PTI photo)

Former Congress leader from Kerala Padmaja Venugopal addresses media after joining BJP in the presence of party leader Prakash Javadekar, in New Delhi, on 7 March 2023. (PTI photo)

Venugopal joined the BJP in the presence of the senior party leaders, including its Kerala in-charge and former Union minister Prakash Javadekar

Congress leader Padmaja Venugopal, the daughter of former Kerala chief minister K Karunakaran, on Thursday joined the BJP here, saying she was not happy with the grand old party for several years and it lacked a strong leadership.

Venugopal joined the BJP in the presence of the senior party leaders, including its Kerala in-charge and former Union minister Prakash Javadekar.

Addressing a press conference with the BJP leaders at the party headquarters here, Venugopal said she was so happy to have joined the BJP but a ”little bit tense also” because she stood with the Congress for several years. ”I decided to quit because I was not happy with the Congress for so many years, especially since the last assembly elections in the state (Kerala),” she told reporters.

Venugopal said that she tried to reach out to the Congress top brass several times to discuss her grievances but was never given an appointment. She said, ”There should be a strong leadership in every party. In the Congress, there is no leadership. I have great respect for Sonia ji but I can’t see her. She didn’t give (me) an appointment.”

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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