Former Union Minister and Congress’ G23 dissenter, Jitin Prasada on Wednesday joined the BJP in presence of party president JP Nadda at its headquarters in Delhi. Ahead of the reported switch, he met with Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
Hours before Prasada’s switch to BJP, the BJP MP and spokesperson Anil Baluni tweeted that an eminent personality will join the party at 1 pm at the party headquarters in Delhi.
Prasada’s induction into the BJP is seen as a massive gain for the party ahead of the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. Prasada, a prominent Brahmin face in UP politics, has been at odds with the Congress leadership for a long.
Last year in July, Prasada had launched the Brahmin Chetna Parishad to boost the voice of Brahmin community. He had served in the Manmohan Singh government. Prasada was among the G23 leaders who have demanded an overhaul of the Congress following the drubbing in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
He is the son of senior Congress leader Jitendra Prasad. In 2001, he had started his career with Indian Youth Congress as a general secretary. In 2004, he won his first Lok Sabha election from his hometown constituency of Shahjahanpur.
In his first tenure, he was inducted as Minister of State for Steel and was one of the youngest minister in the Cabinet. In 2009, he fought and won the election from Dhaurara.
In 2014, he contested unsuccesfully against BJP’s Rekha Verma. He was recently appointed as the general secretary of AICC for the party’s West Bengal unit.
Prasada’s last assignment was to handle the West Bengal elections where the Congress performed badly. Following which, his party has set up a committee to look into the reasons behind this loss, however, the Bengal post-mortem is pending.
The 47-year-old Prasada, a former union minister, was among the signatory dissenter in the Congress party who sent the letter to high command seeking an active and full-time party president.