Jitin Prasada, former Congress chief and latest BJP recruit, defended his choice and rebutted ex-colleague Kapil Sibal’s digs about “Prasada Ram politics” of self-interest over ideology.
“He’s a really senior chief (Kapil Sibal). There is not any ideology. The one ideology is about nationwide curiosity. What was the ideology when the Congress aligned with the Shiv Sena? What was the ideology when Congress aligned with the Left in Bengal, and on the identical time they have been combating the Left in Kerala,” Jitin Prasada stated in an interview to NDTV.
“Commenting on a small particular person like me will not change the fortune of the Congress.”
Earlier immediately, Kapil Sibal had denounced Mr Prasada’s transfer to a celebration he had all the time opposed.
“We’ve reached a stage in Indian politics the place choices of this nature aren’t primarily based on ideology in any respect. They’re primarily based on what I now name ‘Prasada Ram politics’. Earlier it was Aaya Ram Gaya Ram,” Mr Sibal had instructed NDTV.
Mr Prasada and Mr Sibal have been each among the many Congress’s “G-23” leaders who had written to Sonia Gandhi final 12 months recommending sweeping reforms together with collective management. This was thought-about one of the crucial standout acts of insurrection within the occasion towards the Gandhi management, a minimum of after 1999, when Mr Prasada’s father Jitendra Prasada challenged Sonia Gandhi’s management of the Congress and contested towards her for occasion president.
Mr Prasada appeared to take a swipe on the Gandhis as he stated: “The BJP will not be within the short-term sport of displaying people in poor mild. It’s the solely nationwide occasion in actual phrases. Whoever is inducted is for long run objectives.”
He additionally claimed his change was a long-thought out choice.
“Over time my position as a politician and serving to folks was diminishing. I used to be not capable of work for the chief, however immediately I plan to work for the folks complete heartedly,” he stated.
The BJP is probably going to present Mr Prasada, a distinguished Brahmin face in UP, a key position forward of elections within the state subsequent 12 months. The occasion is hard-pressed to handle the resentment of a piece of Brahmins who really feel their standing is diminished in comparison with the Thakurs; Yogi Adiyanath is a Thakur.
Final Yr, Mr Prasada fashioned an outfit referred to as “Brahmin Chetna”, which has made little dent on the bottom. The previous Union Minister feels he can lastly do what he earlier couldn’t, within the Congress.
“I used to be one of many folks concerned within the formation of Brahmin Chetna. My purpose was to maintain it apolitical. We’re not deciding the place the votes of the group go. It was to handle atrocities and issues of the group. I’m extra ready to do this with the BJP,” he stated.