Congress Leader Jitin Prasada To Join BJP Today, Visits Piyush Goyal - NDTV

Ahead of the reported switch, Jitin Prasada met with Union Minister Piyush Goyal.New Delhi: Former Union Minister Jitin Prasada, once close to Rahul Gandhi, crossed over to the BJP today, in a huge blow to the Congress ahead of the Uttar Pradesh election next year.Jitin Prasada, 47, is the second high-profile former Rahul Gandhi aide to defect to the BJP since Jyotiraditya Scindia left last year. He had denied rumours in 2019 that he was leaving the Congress. Sources say at the time Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had convinced him to stay.Mr Prasada's frustration with his party of 20 years was no secret; he was part of the "G-23" or group of 23 Congress leaders who had written to party chief Sonia Gandhi last year calling for sweeping reforms, collective decision-making and "full-time, visible leadership".Though the party talked about course-correction and appointed a panel, nothing really changed on the ground.After that cataclysmic letter, Mr Prasada was among the few "dissenters" to be given any role; he was tasked with the Congress's Bengal election campaign, which turned out to be a disaster.He went public with his criticism of his own party's alliance with the Indian Secular Front, led by a cleric."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," Mr Prasada tweeted.The former Lok Sabha MP from Dhaurahra in Uttar Pradesh was one of the Congress's top leaders in India's most politically vital state, and a big loss ahead of elections due in less than a year.After the letter bomb, a Congress unit in Uttar Pradesh called for action against the G-23, with special mention of Mr Prasada and his family's strained history with the Gandhis.His father and Congress veteran Jitendra Prasada had challenged Sonia Gandhi's leadership of the party in 1999 and had contested against her for the post of party president. He died in 2002.Jitin Prasada, who was in Rahul Gandhi's inner circle, went on to become a minister twice in the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government.Adblock test (Why?)

Congress Leader Jitin Prasada To Join BJP Today, Visits Piyush Goyal - NDTV

Ahead of the reported switch, Jitin Prasada met with Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

New Delhi:

Former Union Minister Jitin Prasada, once close to Rahul Gandhi, crossed over to the BJP today, in a huge blow to the Congress ahead of the Uttar Pradesh election next year.

Jitin Prasada, 47, is the second high-profile former Rahul Gandhi aide to defect to the BJP since Jyotiraditya Scindia left last year. He had denied rumours in 2019 that he was leaving the Congress. Sources say at the time Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had convinced him to stay.

Mr Prasada's frustration with his party of 20 years was no secret; he was part of the "G-23" or group of 23 Congress leaders who had written to party chief Sonia Gandhi last year calling for sweeping reforms, collective decision-making and "full-time, visible leadership".

Though the party talked about course-correction and appointed a panel, nothing really changed on the ground.

After that cataclysmic letter, Mr Prasada was among the few "dissenters" to be given any role; he was tasked with the Congress's Bengal election campaign, which turned out to be a disaster.

He went public with his criticism of his own party's alliance with the Indian Secular Front, led by a cleric.

"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," Mr Prasada tweeted.

The former Lok Sabha MP from Dhaurahra in Uttar Pradesh was one of the Congress's top leaders in India's most politically vital state, and a big loss ahead of elections due in less than a year.

After the letter bomb, a Congress unit in Uttar Pradesh called for action against the G-23, with special mention of Mr Prasada and his family's strained history with the Gandhis.

His father and Congress veteran Jitendra Prasada had challenged Sonia Gandhi's leadership of the party in 1999 and had contested against her for the post of party president. He died in 2002.

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Jitin Prasada, who was in Rahul Gandhi's inner circle, went on to become a minister twice in the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government.