“BJP is the only real political party…” is what Jitin Prasada had to say after leaving Congress for BJP. The former Union Minister represented Dhaurahra constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha. A Doon-school student, he was part of the elite alumnus of the school along which comprised of several other veteran political leaders such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo & Dushyant Singh.
On Wednesday, June 9, Jitin Prasada officially announced the end of his alliance with the Congress party and revealed joining forces with the current ruling party BJP. After the announcement, JItin briefed the media and was quoted saying-
“BJP is the only real political party. It’s the only national party. Rest of the parties are regional. BJP and (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) only ones that can meet the challenges the country is facing now.”
“Will contribute to new India PM Modi is building”
Further, he also said that his newly made allegiance came after deliberate contemplation and said how he and Congress had a connection that lasted for 3 generations. At the BJP headquarters, Prasada said-
“The question today is not which party I am leaving, or which party am I coming from. I have joined BJP today with the intention of contributing to the new India that PM Modi is building.”
Moreover, he also said that in Congress he felt that he was only surrounded by politics and was unable to contribute towards the betterment of the people.
Impact of Jitin Prasada’s departure from Congress
For any Indian who has been keeping his eyes on the political affairs of the nation, the exit of Prasada from Congress may have come across as not a surprise. For the uninitiated, Prasada, who contested elections from Uttar Pradesh, was not the biggest vote amassing asset for Congress.
However, his transition to BJP may reinforce the notion that young leaders are not feeling catered to at Congress. Moreover, with Congress’ diminishing hold on the masses, the optics and perception will suggest that more and more young leaders of the party see no future it.
Prasada’s prior failures in elections
Although Prasada had been handed down to wave the Congress flag, he failed to do so by failing in the Lok Sabha Elections and the previous 2017 elections. It should also be noted that according to Indian Express, the 47-year-old politician doesn’t hold in the Western UP from where he’s born and brought up. His exit from Congress indicates how there’s a discomfort in the Congress party among the young leaders that is unhappy about Congress’ tendency to not reinvent itself on the political landscape.
Brahmin community’s power in UP political corridors
On the other side, for BJP Prasada’s exit from the opposition in favour of the current party indicates how significant the Brahmin community will be in the 2022 Assembly Elections. This can be attributed to the fact that Brahmin’s dominate the state’s political landscape for the most part. The current Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath himself belongs to the Thakur community of the Brahmin’s.
Prasada’s attempt to change optics & perception
Parsada himself has been proactively trying to change the optics and perception of the masses by positioning himself as a Brahmin Thakur face. In 2020, Parsada launched the Brahman Chetna Parishad. The initiative was officially an effort to unite the Brahmins of UP. It was also an attempt by Prasada to stay relevant in the political landscape by positioning himself as a Brahmin face.
Earlier this year, Prasada and 23 other Congress leaders had also written to the current party supremo Sonia Gandhi and had demanded some changes in the party. Although, his attempt had not been appreciated by the Congress leadership, he was made the AICC-in charge of West Bengal. In the recent 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections, the party fared poorly and Prasada drew blanks.
Jitin Prasada is the son of Jitendra Prasada who stood by Congress’ side throughout his political career. Mr. Jitendra had also fought against the current party chief Sonia Gandhi for the President’s position almost 20 years ago.