The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Jitin Prasada addressing at the National Education Day 2012 function to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, in New Delhi on November 11, 2012.
Jitin Prasada Joins BJP Ahead of UP Polls, Calls it New Chapter of Political Career
Jitin Prasada was amid the G-23 leaders that bid free and fair organisational election in the Congress last year. He joined BJP in presence of Piyush Goyal.
There was an iissue for the Congress ahead of the 2022 state assembly polls. Former Union minister and party leader Jitin Prasada with the grand old party switched over to the BJP.
Prasada was also part of the G-23 group in Congress. He had written a letter registering its dispute with the party leadership. Further joined the saffron party in the presence of BJP chief JP Nadda after meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
This is new chapter of my political career. This decision of mine has come after much thought. BJP is the only party that is working for national building,” he said.
Considered close to Rahul Gandhi, Prasada in 2019 criticized gossips of being upset with the Congress leadership. He is the second leader close to Gandhi after Jyotiraditya Scindia to switch over to the BJP.
The party’s unit in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri had even passed a resolution demanding his removal. Sources also reveal that Prasada was not happy with being refused the post of UPCC chief, which was given to Ajay Kumar Lallu.
Prasada, who had represented the Dhaurahra Lok Sabha seat in Lakhimpur Kheri in 2019, has been maintaining his distance from the party’s activities for some time now.
Prasad was uncertain in contesting against Singh . He knew it would be difficult to defeat the BJP stalwart on his home lawn. Eventually, Prasada contested from Dhaurahra seat and faced a second consecutive loss in 2019.
Prasada became secretary in the Indian Youth Congress in 2001 for the first time. In 2004, he tried his luck in the 14th Lok Sabha elections from his home seat Shahjahanpur and won.
In 2009, Prasada contested the 15th Lok Sabha elections from Dhaurahara and won by 184,509 votes. He has been the Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.