Senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada is set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today. Prasada will join the saffron party in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal. 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. Prasada in July last year launched the ‘Brahmin Chetna Parishad’ to give a voice to the Brahmin community. He had served in the UPA-II government. He hails from Shahjahanpur.
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 IYC 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 MoS 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.