Why Jitin’s switch from Congress to BJP is a blast from the past

Jitin Prasada has made a switch anticipated for fairly a while. After a assembly with Union Home Minister and senior BJP chief Amit Shah, Jitin Prasada joined the social gathering in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Long thought of as considered one of the closest aides of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Jitin Prasada had been sulking inside the social gathering for being “ignored”. He was reportedly not being consulted in managing Congress’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh, his residence state, and even West Bengal of which he was given the cost final 12 months.


Jitin Prasada made his electoral debut with Rahul Gandhi in 2004. Rahul Gandhi received the Lok Sabha election from Amethi whereas Jitin Prasada received the Shahjahanpur seat, which his father Jitendra Prasada had received 4 occasions.

Jitin Prasada grew to become considered one of the youngest ministers in the Manmohan Singh in 2008. Jitin Prasada received his second Lok Sabha election from Dhaurara seat in 2009 and dealt with totally different portfolios in Manmohan Singh’s second authorities.

Jitin Prasada is mentioned to have developed variations with the Gandhis round the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election when Rahul Gandhi joined palms with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav as the Congress went again on its choice to contest the polls alone.


His rising frustration with the Congress’s management led to hypothesis of Jitin Prasada quitting the social gathering to be a part of the BJP in 2019 itself. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia had then been given the joint-charge of Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha election.

A Brahmin face of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Jitin Prasada had put the Gandhis in a spot in latest occasions along with his occasional posers. He was a part of G-23, the Congress’s group of dissenters who demanded sweeping reforms in the social gathering’s organisation.

Jitin Prasada and the remainder of G-23 leaders known as for an elected Congress president who confirmed “full time, visible leadership”. It was taken as a grievance towards Rahul Gandhi, who had stop as Congress president after the social gathering’s rout in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

While all G-23 leaders drew flak from Gandhi loyalists in the Congress, Jitin Prasada confronted an expulsion name from the Lakhimpur-Keiri district unit of the social gathering in Uttar Pradesh. A decision was handed searching for his ouster from the Congress.

However, Jitin Prasada was considered one of the G-23 leaders whom Congress president Sonia Gandhi tried to placate in September 2020 in a main reshuffle of the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

Jitin Prasada was made in-charge of West Bengal Congress and given a everlasting spot on the AICC. Before that, Jitin Prasada was a particular invitee to the AICC.


Reports recommend that Jitin Prasada was sad with the method through which the Congress management determined points associated to the latest Bengal election. Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala reportedly carried extra weight in deciding Bengal affairs of the Congress than Jitin Prasada.

At least on one event, Jitin Prasada vented his frustration with a submit on Twitter: “Alliance decisions are taken keeping in mind the best interests of the party and the workers. Now is the time for everyone to join hands and work towards strengthening the prospects of the Congress in the poll bound states.”

Jitin Prasada was not in favour of the Congress’s tie-up with the Indian Secular Front, a political entrance floated by Islamic cleric Abbas Siddiqui. The prospect of being seen on the similar facet as a cleric’s social gathering appeared to go towards his personal marketing campaign in Uttar Pradesh. He has been actively collaborating in the Brahma Chetna Samvad to mobilise Brahmin vote financial institution in Uttar Pradesh.


This tussle between Prasadas and Gandhis is not new. Jitin Prasada’s father Jitendra Prasada was considered one of the prime leaders of the Congress throughout his time, having received his first Lok Sabha election in 1971. He was as soon as a political secretary to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the father of Rahul Gandhi.

However, Jitendra Prasada fell out with the Gandhis after the demise of Rajiv Gandhi. He challenged the elevation of Sonia Gandhi as Congress president. Jitendra Prasada contested the Congress’s presidential election towards Sonia Gandhi in November 2000. He misplaced the struggle. The rivalry, nonetheless, ended quickly as Jitendra Prasada died in January 2001 following a cerebral haemorrhage.

Interestingly, Jitendra Prasada, together with Rajesh Pilot and Madhavrao Scindia, was amongst the closest aides of Rajiv Gandhi. The political friendship continued, at the very least for round 20 years, in the subsequent era with Jitin Prasada, Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia being seen as the closest aides of Rahul Gandhi.

Now, Jitin Prasada and Jyotiraditya Scindia are with the BJP ostensibly after being “ignored” by Rahul Gandhi. Sachin Pilot is reportedly sulking in Rajasthan Congress even after a patch-up mediated by Priyanka Gandhi final 12 months.

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