The BJP welcomed Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s aunt and her husband into the party fold at a function in Kochi yesterday but faced embarrassment as they said they were already supporters of the saffron party.
The development comes a day after congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan joined the BJP.
Tharoors aunt Sobhana Sasikumar and her husband Sasikumar said they had been long time supporters of the BJP and wondered why such a function was organised to welcome them into the party.
Welcoming 14 new members from diverse backgrounds into the party, BJP’s Kerala president P S Sreedharan Pillai called them the cream of Kochi and honoured them with a party shawl.
Addressing the function, Pillai hailed the historic background of Tharoors family in Palakkad district and said people from such backgrounds becoming part of the BJP have to be welcomed.
BJP Ernakulam district general secretary K S Shaiju said the function was organised to give membership to new people.
Tharoors relatives might have attended various party functions as its supporters but yesterday’s function was organised to give them party membership, he said.
In an embarrassment to the Congress, Tom Vadakkan, once seen as a key aide of Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP on Thursday.