- Jitin Prasada leaves Congress and joins BJP, how much will the party benefit in UP?
- Efforts to remove the displeasure of Brahmins, may get a big role in UP BJP
- Analysts believe that BJP’s loss is more for Congress than gain.
Former Union Minister and leader considered close to Rahul Gandhi, Jitin Prasada has left the Congress and now joined the BJP. After Jyotiraditya Scindia, where the Congress has suffered another major setback, the discussion has also started on how beneficial Jitin is going to prove to be for the BJP.
Senior journalist Brijesh Shukla says in a conversation with NBT Online, ‘Jitin’s joining BJP will send a wrong message to the Congress. When you have nothing and whatever is there, it is a big loss. The 7 Congress MLAs in UP have also reduced. The situation in UP is bad for Congress. Congress could not flourish in the last 30 years and now the challenge is increasing.
‘Congress’s loss more than BJP’s gain’
Brijesh Shukla further says, ‘Jitin’s arrival is not as big a deal of profit for BJP as it is a loss for Congress. Time will tell how much BJP will benefit. Jitin had neither won in 2014 nor in 2019. Yes, the area from which he comes, there can definitely be some benefit to the election. Apart from this, BJP has definitely got a big face to remove the displeasure of Brahmins.
‘Jitin may get ministerial post’
According to a senior journalist, ‘Jitin can get a ticket in the assembly elections next year and if the BJP government is formed again, then he can get a place in the cabinet. Apart from this, BJP will use their face, can also use them in election campaign. All his supporters will also join the BJP.
Trying to remove the displeasure of Brahmins through Jitin
On the other hand, Professor Badri Narayan of GB Pant Institute of Social Sciences, Prayagraj said, “Jitin Prasad’s departure is a big loss for the Congress, whoever BJP brings will benefit.” The BJP is busy expanding its social engineering alliance in UP and in the form of Jitin, in a way, it has got an opportunity to allay the resentment of Brahmins. There is also an attempt to counter the allegations against the Yogi government of ignoring the Brahmins.
Jitin created an organization called Brahmin Chetna Samvad
Before joining the BJP, Jitin Prasad had formed an organization called Brahmin Chetna Parishad last year. Jitin interacted with the people of district wise Brahmin society through video conferencing and also met Brahmin families.
Opposition surrounded the violence on Brahmins during Yogi’s tenure
In UP till a few months back, the discussion of the displeasure of the Brahmin class was also in full swing. Many opposition parties also started doing active politics to woo Brahmins. Congress surrounded the government by releasing the figures of violence on Brahmins during Yogi’s tenure. The encounter of infamous criminal Vikas Dubey and Mukhtar Ansari’s close shooter Rakesh Pandey also increased the gap of this resentment. Questions were raised on the methods of both the encounters.
12 percent of the population in UP is Brahmins
If seen in UP politics, Brahmins have always dominated. In UP, about 12 percent belong to the Brahmin community. In many assembly seats, Brahmins are said to have more than 20 per cent of the population. In such a situation, before the elections to be held next year, every party’s eyes are on this vote bank.
What is the meaning of Brahmin vote bank in UP politics?
To understand what Brahmin politics meant in UP, one had to turn to 2007. In 2007, under the leadership of Mayawati, the BSP won the Brahmin + Dalit + Muslim alliance and Mayawati came to power with an absolute majority. The BSP had given 86 tickets to Brahmins in this election. However, later many Brahmins had left the BSP and came towards the BJP. Now looking at the current situation, every party in UP is trying to make similar equations.
Jitin Prasada joins BJP