Today, Congress leader, Jitin Prasada joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi in presence of the Union Minister Piyush Goyal. The news emerged shortly after Anil Baluni, the BJP spokesperson, and Uttarakhand MP announced that an eminent personality will be joining the BJP.
Addressing the media after joining BJP, Prasada mentioned that for the last 8-10 years, he recognized that India has only one national party, i.e., BJP. “The other parties are regional but this is a national party,” he said. He also claimed that his decision to leave the Congress comes after a lot of deliberation, adding that his connection with the party spans three generations.
Responding to the questions, Prasada clarified that the question is neither about which party he belonged nor which party he left. “I have joined BJP today intending to contribute to the new India that PM Modi is building,” he said.
With the Congress in dire straits in Uttar Pradesh and he himself losing the Lok Sabha polls twice in a row, Prasada’s decision to join the BJP may help him politically at a time when the saffron party is working overtime to boost its ranks in preparation for the assembly polls. It will also help the BJP keep Brahmins, a section of whom are said to be unhappy with the party in Uttar Pradesh, in good humor in the politically important state of India, party sources said.
The 47-year-old Prasada, a former Union minister, comes from a well-known Brahmin family of Uttar Pradesh and was serving as the Congress leader in charge of West Bengal before joining the BJP.