Soon after long-time Congress chief Jitin Prasada joined the BJP, he was given a particular welcome by Jyotiraditya Scindia, who began all of it a yr in the past.
“He is like my youthful brother and I welcome him to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I congratulate him,” Jyotiraditya Scindia, a BJP Rajya Sabha member, was quoted as telling information company ANI.
Jitin Prasada, the Congress’s high Brahmin face in Uttar Pradesh, joined the BJP calling it the “solely nationwide celebration” within the nation at the moment. “I began feeling within the Congress that there is no such thing as a level for those who can’t be current for the individuals, if you’re incapable of caring for your individuals,” he stated.
The exit will damage the Congress in UP, the place elections are due in lower than a yr. But greater than that, it is going to assist the BJP reset its narrative in UP at a time the Yogi Adityanath authorities is going through assaults.
The excessive profile defections additionally sign the Congress’s deep disaster in states the place it faces a direct battle with the BJP.
Jyotiraditya Scindia stop the Congress in March final yr and joined the BJP together with 22 MLAs, bringing down the celebration’s authorities in Madhya Pradesh.
The Congress in Madhya Pradesh had been in a relentless state of infighting, with Mr Scindia pummeling his personal Chief Minister, Kamal Nath, with allegations of corruption.
Before he stop his celebration of 19 years, sources near him stated he had been making an attempt to fulfill with celebration chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for months with out luck.
Mr Scindia, Jitin Prasada and Sachin Pilot – one other Congress insurgent seen to be searching – have been all a part of Rahul Gandhi’s trusted circle.
But since 2014, when the Congress misplaced energy to the BJP, the celebration has been dropping extra elections than not, and amid questions over Rahul Gandhi’s management, his closest aides felt sidelined.
Recently, when Mr Gandhi taunted Mr Scindia about “changing into a backbencher within the BJP”, he retorted: “It would have been a unique state of affairs had Rahul Gandhi been involved the identical manner as he’s now, after I was within the Congress.”