New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Jiten Prasada Join BJP; Former Union Minister Jitin Prasada, as soon as a part of Rahul Gandhi’s interior circle, crossed over to the BJP in the present day in an enormous blow to the Congress forward of the Uttar Pradesh election subsequent yr.
The 47-year-old chief, who was the Congress’s high Brahmin face in UP, exits at a time the Congress is in conferences at its Delhi workplace to try to resolve a snowballing inside disaster in Punjab.
“BJP is the only real political party. It’s the only national party. The rest of the parties are regional. BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi only ones that can meet the challenges the country is facing now,” Jitin Prasada stated at the BJP headquarters.
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“I started feeling that I was in a party only surrounded by politics. I started feeling that I was not being able to contribute and do my work for the people. I wasn’t being able to work for the benefit of the people,” he stated.
Mr Prasada is the second high-profile former Rahul Gandhi aide to defect to the BJP after Jyotiraditya Scindia left final yr. Soon after his exit, there was hypothesis that one other distinguished “rebel”, Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot, may additionally be on his approach out.
Mr Prasada had denied rumours in 2019 that he was leaving the Congress. Sources say on the time Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had satisfied him to remain.
“What’s the point in being a party if you can’t help the people you represent,” Mr Prasada stated in the present day.
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His frustration together with his celebration of 20 years was no secret; he was a part of the “G-23” or group of 23 Congress leaders who had written to celebration chief Sonia Gandhi final yr calling for sweeping reforms, collective decision-making and “full-time, visible leadership”.
Though the celebration talked about course correction and appointed a panel, nothing actually modified on the bottom.
After that cataclysmic letter, Mr Prasada was among the few “dissenters” to be given any position in any respect; he was tasked with the Congress’s Bengal election campaign, which turned out to be a disaster.