Congress leader Jitin Prasada on Wednesday joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi in presence of the Union minister Piyush Goyal.
The development comes shortly after BJP spokesperson and Uttarakhand MP Anil Baluni announced the joining of an eminent personality into the party’s fold on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Before switching to the saffron party, Prasada reached Union minister Piyush Goyal’s residence in Delhi and met him.
The 47-year-old Prasada, a former union minister, was among the signatory dissenter in the Congress party who sent the letter to high command seeking an active and full-time party president. Prasad is also a special invitee to the CWC.
After Prasada dissented, the Lakhimpur Kheri District Congress reportedly passed a resolution demanding action against Prasad, a leader from Uttar Pradesh, and accused his family of being against the Gandhi family. Jitender Prasad, the father of Jitin Prasada, had also unsuccessfully contested for the post of Congress president against Sonia Gandhi in the past, the district Congress committee reportedly said.
Prasada’s last assignment was to handle the West Bengal elections where the Congress performed poorly. His party has set up a committee to look into the reasons behind this loss, however, the Bengal post-mortem is pending