Boost for BJP as Rahul pal Jitin Prasada dumps Congress | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BJP on Wednesday acquired a lift in UP, the place polls are due early subsequent yr, with outstanding Congress chief and former Union minister Jitin Prasada becoming a member of the saffron occasion, snapping three generations of household ties with the opposition occasion and ending his proximity to Rahul Gandhi.
The transfer, which took political circles abruptly after BJP spokesperson Anil Baluni tweeted about an essential impending arrival and Prasada’s presence on the BJP headquarters later within the day, delivered a jolt to Congress which slammed his choice as politics of comfort.
Once half of the Rahul brigade, Prasada is the newest after Jyotiraditya Scindia to half methods with Congress complaining that he had been left with no function to play in occasion affairs. Given his UP roots, the chief’s transfer can be being learn as a scarcity of confidence in Congress’s prospects.
At a time when the Centre has been below fireplace over the vaccination coverage and questions are being requested whether or not its inventory has fallen, Prasada’s becoming a member of goes in opposition to the grain of opposition assaults and a vocal part of the commentariat. It offers a welcome change of narrative for BJP and is a dampener for Congress, which sensed a possibility with BJP on the again foot within the wake of the second Covid-19 wave.
Prasada had floated ‘Brahmin Chetna Parishad’ not too long ago and has been vocal about points associated to the neighborhood. A two-time period Lok Sabha MP (Shahjahanpur and Dhaurahra), minister twice within the Manmohan Singh authorities and successor to the household’s political legacy the place his father Jitendra Prasada was a identified face in state and Delhi politics. The senior Prasada had a vital function within the Narasimha Rao authorities as the late chief’s political secretary.
Prasada’s entry within the saffron occasion is learn as well timed for BJP at a time when there are murmurs about unhappiness in a bit of the Brahmin neighborhood in the direction of the Yogi Adityanath dispensation. Consolidation of main vote banks will assist BJP as an meeting election nearly all the time brings native and even sub-native elements to the fore as in comparison with a nationwide election.
Besides, it additionally provides leverage to the occasion management within the state to deal with some aspiring leaders, mentioned to be sad with the state authorities and who could be troublesome on the time of ticket distribution. Given the anticipated timeline, BJP might be absolutely in ballot mode by the top of the yr as the polls might be notified in December.
Though BJP has been selling a number of leaders from the Brahmin neighborhood — elevating Mahendra Pandey as state president after which as a Union minister and appointing Dinesh Sharma as deputy chief minister, the occasion has been anxious about its help among the many dominant caste. For this, Prasada might be useful on condition that he has been vociferously talking for the neighborhood prior to now few months.
Home minister Amit Shah, BJP president J P Nadda and UP CM Yogi Adityanath promptly welcomed Prasada to the fold and mentioned his entry would strengthen the occasion within the state.
After becoming a member of the saffron occasion within the presence of Union minister Piyush Goyal and chief spokesperson Anil Baluni, Prasada mentioned BJP was the one nationwide occasion which labored in an institutional manner, whereas others had been all about a number of folks or confined to particular areas.
He hailed PM Modi for his management and lauded different senior occasion leaders. “If there is any political party or a leader standing for the interests of the nation today, given the situation that our country is going through, it is BJP and PM Narendra Modi,” he mentioned after becoming a member of the occasion. His becoming a member of is one more jolt for Congress, which had misplaced Jyotiraditya Scindia final yr.
Prasada, 47, was one among the many G23 who had written a letter to the Congress excessive command in search of overhaul of the occasion organisation within the wake of its dampening efficiency. There had been speculations about Prasada becoming a member of BJP in 2019 too, however sources mentioned he was mollified by Priyanka Gandhi and even the saffron occasion couldn’t promise a constituency of his alternative.
Prasada is the newest outstanding Congress chief to affix BJP, following within the footsteps of Scindia, Sanjay Singh (Amethi), Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Tom Vadakkan, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and three chief ministers of north-japanese states, together with Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam), N Biren Singh (Manipur) and Pema Khandu (Arunachal Pradesh).

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