Jitin Prasada, former UPA Minister, joins BJP ahead of UP polls
Former Union Minister Jitin Prasada on Wednesday give up the Congress the place, he stated, he felt “he was unable to serve the interests of his people and society”, and joined the BJP. Mr Prasad’s induction occurred on the BJP’s nationwide headquarters in New Delhi within the presence of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP media cell in cost Anil Baluni.
Mr. Goyal specifically talked about Mr. Prasada’s father, the late senior Congress chief Jitendra Prasada, as one who had rendered nice service to the individuals of Uttar Pradesh. “I have been watching Jitin Prasada for many years, he lost his father when he was quite young, but he took on the mantle, and decided to serve Uttar Pradesh, winning two Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2009. He has been diligent in his push for development of his constituency, lobbying hard with the government since 2014 for a railway project in the area,” he stated.
Mr Goyal, sources stated, was instrumental in negotiations between Mr. Prasada and the BJP high management earlier than the induction.
‘A new chapter’
For himself, Mr. Prasada stated, becoming a member of the BJP was a begin of a brand new chapter in his political life and he had completed in order he felt that it was the one occasion at present that was an “institutionally national party” and all different events being both persona oriented or regional in nature. “As for the Congress party, I left because I felt that if one is unable to serve one’s people or protect their interests being in a certain party, it is better to leave. Under the BJP and and the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I feel that I will be better able to serve my people,” he stated on the presser.
Interestingly, Jitendra Prasada had contested towards Congress president Sonia Gandhi in organisational polls in November 2000, whereas Mr. Jitin Prasada was a signatory to the G23 missive despatched to the Congress management pointing to organisational failures and was seen as a semi-rebellion within the ranks.
Sources stated Mr. Prasada’s induction was a response to heavy suggestions from the Uttar Pradesh unit of the BJP that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s reported shut identification with the Rajput group was alienating Brahmins, who kind not less than 12% of the vote within the State. “The community also punches above its weight in terms of societal influence,” stated a supply within the BJP.
Mr. Prasada, who had fashioned a Brahmin Chetana Manch, with a patchy document of affect, is being seen as a component of the BJP nationwide management’s transfer to press the reset button on the Brahmin-Rajput equations, and settle the higher caste vote consolidation.
It can also be important that the induction comes at a time when BJP and RSS leaders have been engaged in stocktaking workouts in Lucknow and the report submitted to occasion president J.P. Nadda on that train talked about the resentment of Brahmin leaders within the occasion towards Mr. Adityanath.
Mr. Prasada’s entry into the occasion could unsettle some equations within the BJP, not simply within the Adityanath’s camp but additionally these Brahmin leaders within the occasion who had been jockeying for place as purveyors of the pursuits of the group.