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Khushbu Sundar quits Congress, joins BJP

In her resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, Khushbu Sundar wrote that people like her who want to work for the party are being "suppressed" by "few elements seated at higher levels within the party."

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, New Delhi |
Updated: October 13, 2020 7:52:38 am
Khushboo Sundar joined the BJP today (Source: Twitter/BJP)

Actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar, who resigned from Congress, joined the BJP on Monday in Delhi. “If the nation has to move forward, then we need somebody like Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the country in the right direction,” she told reporters after joining the BJP.

“My expectation from BJP isn’t about what party is going to do for me, but about what party is going to do for people of the country. When you’ve 128 cr people actually believing in one man and that’s our PM, I think they’re doing something absolutely right,” she added.

In her resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, Sundar wrote that people like her who want to work for the party are being “suppressed” by “few elements seated at higher levels within the party.” “People who have no connectivity with the ground reality or public recognition are dictating terms,” she wrote. The party, meanwhile, announced that Sundar was removed from her post of All India Congress Committee spokesperson with “immediate effect.”

The developments come ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections that are slated to be held next year. According to local reports, Kushbhu was upset that she was not given a ticket in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and BJP has promised her to provide a seat in the 2021 assembly elections.

Tamil Nadu Congress leader KS Alagiri said Kushbhu’s departure will not leave a void in the party. “For the past six months, her (Kushbhu) activities have been against the beliefs and ideology of the party. She has been making contradicting remarks against our leader Rahul Gandhi ji. People in Congress saw her only as an actress and not as a politician,” he said.

Explained: Why did Khushbu join BJP, a party she fought tooth and nail for a decade?

Khushbu Sundar had first sparked off rumours of a rift with the Congress in July when she backed the Centre’s new National Education Policy. She had even tweeted an apology to party leader Rahul Gandhi for her differing views. Her tweet invited criticism from senior Congress leaders. Tamil Nadu Congress President KS Alagiri said Kushbhu’s comments show her immaturity. Congress MP Jothimani said the Congress party and its leadership unlike BJP never expect people to be head-nodding robot or puppets.

Khushbu joined the Congress in 2014, having earlier been a member of the DMK from 2010.

Khushbu joined the Congress in 2014, having earlier been a member of the DMK from 2010.

Khushbu took the political plunge in May 2010 when she joined DMK in the presence of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi. Kushbhu said DMK ideologies are similar to her personal beliefs and they have always worked for empowering women. The then DMK president Karunanidhi had said Kushbhu was a person with progressive ideas, having affinity espoused by rationalist social reformer and Dravidar Kazhagam leader EV Ramasamy Naicker, popularly known as Periyar. Incidentally, Kushbu had acted as Maniammai (wife of Periyar) in the 2007 biopic titled Periyar.

Four years later in June 2014, Khushbu quit DMK after being sidelined. In a letter to then party chief Karunanidhi, she said her dedication and hard work for the party continued to be a one-way path. “With a heavy heart, I undertake the decision to quit the party as a member,” she had written. In November later that year, Khushbu joined Congress after meeting Congress leader Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Kushbu said it’s a moment of pride and Congress is the only party that can keep India united. “I feel I am home,” she had said. Kushbu added that she would work for the good of the country and it is not focused on Tamil Nadu alone.

A multi-faceted personality, Kushbu has starred in more than 200 films across south Indian languages. In television, she has produced and starred in a couple of soap operas. Currently, Kushbu is heading Avni Cinemax, a production house alongside her husband Sundar C.

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