JITIN PRASADA on Wednesday became the first among the Group of 23 Congress leaders who had written to Sonia Gandhi last year seeking radical changes in the organisation to leave the party. The Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh joined the BJP ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in the state early next year.
Prasada’s exit marks yet another setback to the party which has seen a steady erosion of leaders since 2014. He is the second young face considered close to Rahul Gandhi to leave, after Jyotiraditya Scindia’s shift to the BJP last year. Meanwhile, in Rajasthan, there are fresh murmurs of dissent from the camp of Sachin Pilot, a third leader of that brigade. His exit has been termed as another exit from the Young Turks of the party. In this episode of the Editorial, our Managing Editor Mr Sujit Nair shares his take on the matter.
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