- Young Congress leader Jitin Prasada is joining BJP after being associated with Congress for almost 20 years.
- Jitin’s joining BJP is a big setback for the Congress in view of the elections to be held in UP next year.
- Last year, he was heavily opposed in the party for demanding a non-Gandhi Congress President.
Congress youth leader Jitin Prasada is joining BJP after being associated with Congress for almost 20 years. In view of the elections in UP next year, Jitin, who was close to Rahul Gandhi, joining the BJP is a big
Jitin Prasad’s family has traditionally been a Congress family. His grandfather Jyoti Prasad was a Congress member and held many important positions. Jitin Prasad’s father Jitendra Prasad entered politics in 1970 as a member of the UP Legislative Council. After this he was elected to the fifth Lok Sabha from Shahjahanpur in 1971. He was also the Vice President of Congress.
Membership of one year… Sonia became the President
In 1998, when Sonia Gandhi announced to contest the election for the post of Congress President, it was only one year since she became a member of Congress. He took the primary membership of Congress in 1997 itself. In 1998, he announced to contest for the post of Congress President. The then Congress President Sitaram Kesari had not completed five years by that time but he could not openly oppose it.
The rebellion continued
Congress leader Jitendra Prasad also did not agree with this but he did not oppose it at that time. In 1999, Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma and Tariq Anwar revolted against Sonia. He said that Sonia Gandhi of Italian origin cannot become the Prime Minister of India. The dispute escalated and in the end all three were expelled from the party. Later he formed the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Pilot and Jitendra Prasad hold the flag of rebellion
In the absence of these three, the flag of rebellion remained in the hands of Rajesh Pilot and Jitendra Prasad. Both had expressed their displeasure against dynasty. Experts say that in 1998, it was Rajesh Pilot who wanted to stand against Sonia for the post of president. Their argument was that if more capable and experienced leaders are in Congress than Sonia, then the reins should be in their hands.
Rajesh Pilot dies in accident
In the year 2000, Rajesh Pilot planned that he would stand against Sonia for the post of president. He also held a massive rally with Jitendra Prasad on May 21, the birthday of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. But fate had something else in mind. Within 20 days, on June 11, he died in a car accident.
Jitendra Prasad challenged in the year 2000
Now only Jitendra Prasad’s hand was left to hold the flag of rebellion. Now he decided to oppose Sonia in the 2000 presidential election. He stood for the post of President against Sonia. Elections were held in November 2000, but they were badly defeated. He got only 94 votes out of 7,542 votes cast in the election. Jitendra Prasad could not bear this crushing defeat and he died of brain haemorrhage on 16 January 2001.
Jitendra Prasad, Sonia Gandhi (File photo)