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 is a very senior leader (Kapil Sibal). There’s no ideology. The only ideology is about national interest. 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 at the same time they were fighting the Left in Kerala,” Jitin Prasada stated in an interview to NDTV.
“Commenting on a small individual like me won’t change the fortune of the Congress.”
Earlier immediately, Kapil Sibal had denounced Mr Prasada’s transfer to a celebration he had at all times opposed.
“We have reached a stage in Indian politics where decisions of this nature are not based on ideology at all. They are based on what I now call ‘Prasada Ram politics’. Earlier it was Aaya Ram Gaya Ram,” Mr Sibal had instructed NDTV.
Mr Prasada and Mr Sibal had 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 of probably the most standout acts of rise up within the get together in opposition to the Gandhi management, no less than after 1999, when Mr Prasada’s father Jitendra Prasada challenged Sonia Gandhi’s management of the Congress and contested in opposition to her for get together president.
Mr Prasada appeared to take a swipe on the Gandhis as he stated: “The BJP is not in the short-term game of showing individuals in poor light. It is the only national party in real terms. Whoever is inducted is for long term goals.”
He additionally claimed his change was a long-thought out choice.
“Over the years my role as a politician and helping people was diminishing. I was not able to work for the leader, but today I plan to work for the people whole heartedly,” he stated.
The BJP is probably going to present Mr Prasada, a outstanding Brahmin face in UP, a key function forward of elections within the state subsequent 12 months. The get together is hard-pressed to deal with the resentment of a piece of Brahmins who really feel their standing is diminished in comparison with the Thakurs; Yogi Adiyanath is a Thakur.
Last Year, Mr Prasada shaped an outfit known as “Brahmin Chetna”, which has made little dent on the bottom. The former Union Minister feels he can lastly do what he earlier couldn’t, within the Congress.
“I was one of the people involved in the formation of Brahmin Chetna. My aim was to keep it apolitical. We are not deciding where the votes of the community go. It was to address atrocities and problems of the community. I am more in a position to do that with the BJP,” he stated.