The Congress party made some expected attacks on party’s departing young heavyweight, Jitin Prasada, who bid adieu to the country’s oldest political party to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday, June 9. The Madhya Pradesh unit of Congress even termed him “kuda (garbage)” of the party who finally reached “kudedaan (garbage bin) in a tweet which was later deleted from its official Twitter handle.
“Jitin Prasada ke jane se Congress khush hai – yah kuda kudedaan me daalne jaisa samanya kriya hai (Congress party is happy after Jitin Prasada leaving the party. It is a general process of throwing garbage in the garbage bin)” read the tweet by the MP unit of the Congress party. However, as the media grabbed attention to the tweet, the tweet was later deleted.
While MP Congress rapped Prasada for his unruly decision to leave the party, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat expressed shock over Prasada’s departure. Rawat called Prasada’s exit a “slap on face”. “Jitin Prasada joining BJP is like a big slap on our face. It is sad and disheartening. I am surprised that he called Congress a regional party and joined the party against which his family fought.” Rawat was quoted as saying in a report by news agency ANI.
Jitin Prasada, on Wednesday, met Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, and since then speculations were high of Prasada joining BJP. The young former Union Minister leaving Congress party at the time when political parties have blown the bugle to strategize their steps for the next year assembly elections, is a big jolt to the Gandhi led Congress party.
“I have a three-generation connection with Congress, so I took this important decision after a lot of deliberation. In the last 8-10 years, I have felt that if there is one party that is truly national, it is BJP. Other parties are regional but this is the national party.” said Prasada after leaving the party and joining the saffron party, quoted ANI report.
Prasada alleged that he was unable to raise the issues of people while being in Congress party, which he believes he can freely do in BJP now. He asserted that if there is any party which is national and anyone who can lead the nation then it is BJP and PM Narendra Modi. “If there is any political party or a leader standing for the interests of the nation today, given the situation that our country is going through, it is BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Prasada in his statement.
Prasada was inducted in the saffron party on Wednesday by the Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal. Prasada began his political career from Indian Youth Congress. He also rose to the level of Union Minister in United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Congress party government in 2008.