In a major jolt to Congress, G23 dissenter Jitin Prasada joined BJP Today
Jitin Prasada, a part of Congress' G23 Dissenters, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday afternoon in presence of party president JP Nadda at its headquarters in Delhi
Jitin Prasada, a part of Congress' G23 Dissenters, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday afternoon in presence of party president JP Nadda at its headquarters in Delhi.
Earlier today, BJP MP Anil Baluni, tweeted that an "eminent" personality will join the party today at 1 pm at the party headquarters in Delhi.
Jitin was part of G-23 leaders who signed and send a letter to party the president Sonia Gandhi seeking reforms in the organization last year.
Jitin's move to join the BJP could be a significant gain for the party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls due next year. Jitin is a popular and very known Brahmin face in Central UP.
His shift is being seen as a major jolt to Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi as the leader was considered to be one of the core team members of the Congress.
Jitin was born in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The 48-year-old leader is the son of late Congress leader and Union Minister Jitendra Prasad. His father famously fought Congress Party's presidential election against Sonia Gandhi on 9 November 2000.
Jitin started his political career in the year 2001 as General Secretary of the Youth Congress, a youth organization of the Congress party. In 2004, he won his first Lok Sabha election from Shahjahanpur Uttar Pradesh.
In his first term itself, he was made the Minister of State for Steel in Congress government becoming one of the youngest ministers in the Manmohan Singh government. In the year 2009, he contested from Dharaura and won the seat but since then, has lost the consecutive elections from the seat.