Former Union Minister Jitin Prasada, as soon as near Rahul Gandhi, is prone to stop the Congress right now and cross over to the BJP shortly, sources say.
Ahead of the reported swap, he met with Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
Jitin Prasada, 47, would be the second high-profile former Rahul Gandhi aide to defect to the BJP since Jyotiraditya Scindia left final 12 months. He had denied rumours in 2019 that he was leaving the Congress.
Mr Prasada’s frustration together with his get together of 20 years was no secret; he was a part of the “G-23” or group of 23 Congress leaders who had written to get together chief Sonia Gandhi final 12 months calling for sweeping reforms, collective decision-making and “full-time, seen management”.
After that cataclysmic letter, he was among the many few “dissenters” to be given any function; he was tasked with the Congress marketing campaign in Bengal, which turned out to be a disappointment.
He went public together with his criticism of his personal get together’s alliance with the Indian Secular Front, led by a cleric.
“Alliance choices are taken retaining in thoughts the most effective pursuits of the get together and the employees. Now is the time for everybody to hitch fingers and work in the direction of strengthening the prospects of the Congress within the poll-bound states,” Mr Prasada tweeted.
The former Lok Sabha MP from Dhaurahra in Uttar Pradesh was one of many Congress’s prime leaders in India’s most politically important state, and an enormous loss forward of elections due in lower than a 12 months.
After the letter bomb, a Congress unit in Uttar Pradesh referred to as for motion towards the G-23, with particular point out of Mr Prasada and his household’s strained historical past with the Gandhis.
Congress veteran Jitendra Prasada had challenged Sonia Gandhi’s management of the get together in 1999 and had contested towards her for the publish of get together chief. He died in 2002.
Jitin Prasada, who was in Rahul Gandhi’s inside circle, went on to grow to be Minister of State within the Manmohan Singh authorities.