Months after she quit the DMK, actor-turned-politician Khushboo on Wednesday joined the Congress, bringing some cheer to the demoralised party which is still trying to recover from the jolt it received from the exit of former Union minister GK Vasan.
“I finally feel I am home,” she told reporters after joining the party following her meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. “It is the only party that can do good for the people, give secularism and keep India united,” she said.
At the time of quitting the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in June this year, Khushboo, 44, had remarked that her “hard work for the DMK had been a one-way path”. She joined the DMK in May 2010 when the party was in power in Tamil Nadu. One of the party’s key spokespersons, she had campaigned extensively for the DMK in 2011 assembly polls as well as the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Tamil Nadu Congress leaders are hoping that the actor-turned-politician will help in the revival of the organisation in the state where the party failed to win even a single seat in this summer’s parliamentary elections.
Khushboo entry is also expected boost, to a certain extent, the sagging morale of Congress cadre, particularly after the recent split in the state unit. Resigning from the Congress earlier this month, Vasan and his supporters had then blamed party general secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu Mukul Wasnik for their exit, saying the central leadership had repeatedly mishandled its unit in the southern state.