Former Union minister and youth leader Jitin Prasad, who has been angry with the Congress for a long time, joined the BJP on Wednesday. This is being seen as a major setback for the Congress ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Prasad joined the BJP during a press conference held at the party headquarters here in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP MP Anil Baluni. .
Piyush Goyal got the membership
Baluni said on the occasion, ‘Jitin Prasad has joined the BJP family after
Meeting with big leaders after joining
After joining the BJP, Prasad met party president JP Nadda. Earlier, he had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Thanking Prime Minister Modi, Shah and Nadda, Prasad said that they have taken this decision after much deliberation. “A new chapter of my political life is starting from today,” he said. Explaining the reason for joining the saffron party, he said that over the years he had realized that if there is any political party in the country in real sense, it is the BJP.
He said, ‘The rest of the parties have remained as individuals and regions. Today any party and leader is most suitable for the interest of the country and if he stands firmly then it is BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prasad said that Prime Minister Modi is serving India selflessly and is facing all the challenges with a stoicism. He said, ‘I will also get to make a small contribution in the new India that he is building for the generations to come. Considering this, I have come to this decision (to join BJP) today. Prasad said that by staying in the Congress, he was not able to protect the interests of the people, so there was no justification to continue there.
Not me, my work will speak – Jitin Prasad
He said, ‘Now BJP will become that medium. A strong organization and strong leadership is here, which the country needs today. I do not want to speak much at this time, my work will speak. Now I will work as a dedicated worker. I will work as a BJP worker with the objective of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ and ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.
Jitin Prasad was part of G-23
There was speculation of Jitin Prasada joining the BJP just before the last Lok Sabha elections. It is said that on the persuasion of the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Prasad had abandoned his decision to join the BJP at that time. It is to be known that Jitin Prasad was among the 23 leaders who had written a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi last year demanding active leadership and organizational elections in the Congress.
Jitin Prasad’s father is also a Congress leader
Regarding the controversy related to the letter, the Congress Committee of Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh had passed a resolution demanding action against him, due to which there was also a dispute. However, Prasad later said that he has full faith in the current leadership of the Congress. Jitin Prasada is the son of senior Congress leader Jitendra Prasad who served in many important positions in the party. He also contested the election of Congress President against Sonia Gandhi.
Important posts held in UPA government
Jitin Prasad won the Lok Sabha elections for the first time from Shahjahanpur in 2004 and was made Minister of State for Steel in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. After this, he won the Dhaurahra seat in 2009. After this, he took over the responsibility of Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Road Transport and Highways and Human Resource Development in the UPA government.
lost in 2019
Jitin Prasad, who established himself as the big Brahmin face of Congress in Uttar Pradesh, faced defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. After this, he tried his hand in the last assembly elections from Tilhar seat, but in this too he was disappointed. He had also lost from Dhaurahra in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He was made Congress in-charge for West Bengal a few months back. There the alliance of Congress and Left parties had to face a crushing defeat in the state assembly elections. Congress did not succeed in winning even a single seat.