Jiten Prasada wields considerable influence in Central UP and has strong clout among the Brahmin community. Notably, Prasada was also part of the G-23 group in Congress that had written a dissenting letter to the top brass of the party.
In a major setback for the Congress party ahead of the 2022 UP elections, Jiten Prasada, former Union Minister and aide of Rahul Gandhi joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday.
Notably, Prasada was also part of the G-23 group in Congress that had written a letter registering its dissent with the party leadership.
Delhi: Congress leader Jitin Prasada joins BJP in the presence of Union Miniter Piyush Goyal, at the party headquarters. pic.twitter.com/lk07VGygbe
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“I felt that what is the relevance of staying in a party if you can’t protect interests of your people or work for them. I felt I was unable to do that at Congress. I thank people in Congress who blessed me all these yrs but now I’ll work as a dedicated BJP worker” said Jiten Prasada today.
Sources in the BJP told News18 that he may be asked to contest assembly polls in 2022 and then may play a role in the Lok Sabha elections in 2024.
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Considered close to Rahul Gandhi, Prasada in 2019 rubbished rumors of being upset with the Congress leadership and switching over to BJP. He is the second leader close to Gandhi after Jyotiraditya Scindia to jump the ship and joined the saffron party.
“I welcome him. He’s like a younger brother to me.” said Jyotiraditya Scindia
Jiten Prasada wields considerable influence in Central UP and has strong clout among the Brahmin community. More recently, he was made the in-charge of the Congress in the West Bengal assembly elections where the party performed poorly. He also went public with the criticism of his own party’s alliance with the Indian Secular Front, led by a cleric.
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