NEW DELHI: In a huge setback to the Congress party, its senior leader Jitin Prasada on Wednesday formally joined the BJP.
He was formally inducted into the party in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal and other top BJP leaders at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi.
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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After Jyotiraditya Scindia, Prasada, 47 is the second top Congress leader and erstwhile close aide of Rahul Gandhi to defect to the BJP.
Back in 2019, he had categorically denied that he was leaving Congress. Sources in the BJP said that he may be asked to contest the upcoming state assembly polls in 2022 and then may play a role in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
During the last state elections, Congress’s UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi was in favour of fielding a popular Brahmin face against BJP stalwart Rajnath Singh in Lucknow and Jitin Prasad’s name was also reportedly discussed.
Prasada was, however, reluctant to pick up the gauntlet. Sources said that he was not ready to shift from his traditional seat Dhaurara to contest from Lucknow.
After Jitin Prasada, who was among the G-23 leaders that demanded a free and fair organisational election in the Congress party last year, some others from the Congress party may soon join BJP in the days to come.
Jitin Prasad’s defection to BJP ahead of the state assembly elections in UP will surely hurt the Congress party, which has been trying hard to revive itself in the BJP-ruled state.