File photograph of Congress chief Jitin Prasada

As Jitin Prasada witnesses voices of protest and criticism inside the occasion and proper beneath his nostril in the space of his parliamentary constituency, the query is why he selected to signal the Group-23 letter.

  • CNN-News18
  • Last Updated: August 30, 2020, 9:09 AM IST


In March 2019, a month earlier than the Lok Sabha polls, Congress common secretary in cost for Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi, mentioned the risk of fielding a preferred Brahmin face as a celebration candidate towards BJP stalwart Rajnath Singh in Lucknow. Her man of selection for this strategically essential political gamble was Jitin Prasada.

A person of sophistication, city appeal, and with two phrases in union council of ministers, Prasada’s nomination was deliberated upon with all seriousness; one which even in its defeat might have despatched a powerful message to the Brahmin voters throughout the state.

It is mentioned that Prasada was reluctant to choose up the gauntlet. Sources say the chief felt extra snug contesting from his conventional seat Dhaurara and didn’t see any sound political rationale in shifting to Lucknow.

His adversaries in the occasion claimed he didn’t wish to problem Rajnath Singh, the sitting occasion MP from UP capital.

Eventually, Prasada went on to contest from Dhaurara seat and suffered a second consecutive defeat. He polled third on the seat he had represented in 2009. His occasion too touched the second lowest-ever in electoral historical past of Uttar Pradesh; occasion veteran Sonia Gandhi being the solely candidate to win from Rai Bareilly. This was the second worst efficiency registered by the grand previous occasion, the worst being in the post-Emergency elections of 1977 when Congress had misplaced on all 85 seats of undivided Uttar Pradesh.

In the days that adopted, Priyanka Gandhi, now in-charge of UP, chosen her personal workforce to steer the occasion out of political exile of three many years and extra.

A senior occasion functionary, thought-about a high member of Team Priyanka, mentioned: “In Uttar Pradesh, party organisation and leadership is undergoing a revolutionary change. But it doesn’t mean that old and established faces are being ignored. Jitin Prasada or for that matter any other stalwart needs to understand that politics can’t be a static affair, leadership and responsibilities change with time.”

Now, as Prasada witnesses voices of protest and criticism inside the occasion and proper beneath his nostril in the space of his parliamentary constituency, the query is why he selected to signal the Group-23 letter.

While the management adjustments in the UP Congress, beneath new president Ajay Kumar Lallu, and robust intervention at the technique stage by Team Priyanka led by former JNU pupil union president Sandeep Singh has disturbed equations of many elderly arms inside the state Congress, none besides Jitin Prasada and Raj Babbar selected to signal on the letter addressed to the Congress president searching for organisational adjustments.

Prasada’s transfer subsequently speaks quite a bit. When contacted by Information18, he refused to touch upon the topic, calling it “internal mattes of my party”.

A senior chief near Prasada mentioned “After Sonia Gandhi made it clear that the letter doesn’t mean any ill intentions and it’s part of our internal democracy, protests and criticism of top leaders is unfortunate.”

Jitin Prasada may select to not reply now, however some in the CWC reportedly didn’t chorus from aiming their barbs at the younger Congress leaders. In the CWC meet, Prasada was left slightly defensive when fellow member Ambika Soni introduced up the bitter historical past of his father, the late Jitendra Prasada, contesting and shedding towards Sonia Gandhi in the occasion president elections in the 12 months 2000.

Soni referred to a sequence of occasions to underscore inner democracy in the Congress when she made a reference to how Sonia Gandhi accommodated each Jitendra Prasada and his son after profitable the elections for the Congress president.

The incontrovertible fact that the total UP Congress handed a decision endorsing Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s management, a day earlier than the CWC assembly, has left Jitin Prasada extra remoted in the occasion’s state politics, which is now solely being redefined by Priyanka Gandhi.

No doubt, of late he has been making an attempt laborious to re-model himself as a Brahmin face in the state. But latest occasions in the Congress have modified the inner dynamics inside the occasion.

Amidst new hostilities and diminishing belief stage, the future appears to be like tense and unsure.

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