jitin prasad joining bjp a big jolt to congress: will sachin pilot milind deora follow jitin prasad in joining bjp
Former Union minister Jitin Prasada’s move to the BJP amid strife in the Punjab and Rajasthan units of the Congress is a major setback for the main opposition party in UP as assembly elections are due there only a few months later. Congress sources, however, say that Prasad’s departure is not a setback, but “opportunistic politics” that the public understands well.
Will Sachin Pilot and Milind Deora also follow Jitin’s path?
Prasad’s departure has once again given air to the displeasure of many young leaders in the Congress and speculations of switching sides. Sachin Pilot and Milind Deora are among the leaders whose displeasure is being discussed these days.
Not only this, Prasad has left the Congress at a time when there is discord in the Punjab and Rajasthan units of the party and factionalism is being seen in the units of many states including Chhattisgarh.
Blow to Congress’s strategy in UP
Assembly elections are to be held in Uttar Pradesh in February-March 2022 and the Congress is trying to re-enter its old vote bank – Brahmins, Muslims and Dalits – with the face of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Prasad’s departure is also a setback for the Congress strategy.
There was speculation of Jitin Prasada joining the BJP just before the last Lok Sabha elections. It is said that on the persuasion of the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Prasad changed his decision to join the BJP at that time.
Jitin was among the disgruntled G-23 leaders of the Congress
Jitin Prasada was among 23 leaders who wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi last year demanding active leadership and organizational elections in the Congress.
The Congress Committee of Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh had passed a resolution demanding action against Jitin Prasad regarding the controversy related to the letter, which also sparked controversy. However, Prasad later said that he has full faith in the current leadership of the Congress.
Jitin is the son of Jitendra Prasad who challenged Sonia Gandhi
Jitin Prasad is the son of senior Congress leader Jitendra Prasad, who served in many important positions in the party. He also contested the election of Congress President against Sonia Gandhi.
First time MP became minister in Manmohan Singh government in 2004
Prasad won the Lok Sabha election for the first time from Shahjahanpur in 2004 and was made Minister of State for Steel in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. After this, he won the Dhaurahra seat in 2009. After this, he took over the responsibility of Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Road Transport and Highways and Human Resource Development in the UPA government.
Jitin Prasad was the big Brahmin face of Congress in UP
Jitin Prasad, who established himself as the big Brahmin face of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, faced defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. After this, he tried his hand in the last assembly elections from Tilhar seat, but in this too he was disappointed.
Was defeated in the elections of 2014, 2019
He had also lost from Dhaurahra seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He was made Congress in-charge for West Bengal a few months back. There the alliance of Congress and Left parties had to face a crushing defeat in the state assembly elections. Congress did not succeed in winning even a single seat.
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