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- Young Congress leader Jitin Prasada joins BJP after nearly 20 years with Congress
- Jitin joins BJP in view of UP elections next year This is a big setback for Congress.
- Last year he had a huge opposition in the party for demanding a non-Gandhi Congress President.
Congress youth leader Jitin Prasada joined the BJP on Wednesday after being associated with the Congress for nearly 20 years. In view of the elections in UP next year, Jitin, who was close to Rahul Gandhi, joining the BJP is a big setback for the Congress. Last year, he had faced heavy opposition in the party for demanding a non-Gandhi Congress president. But the rebellion Jitin has got in the tradition. His father, Kumar Jitendra Prasad, also challenged Sonia Gandhi for the post of Congress President in the year 2000.
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Membership of one year… Sonia became the President
In 1998, when Sonia Gandhi announced to contest the election for the post of Congress President, it was only one year since she became a member of Congress. He took the primary membership of Congress in 1997 itself. In 1998, he announced to contest for the post of Congress President. The then Congress President Sitaram Kesari had not completed five years by that time but he could not openly oppose it.
The rebellion continued
Congress leader Jitendra Prasad also did not agree with this but he did not oppose it at that time. In 1999, Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma and Tariq Anwar revolted against Sonia. He said that Sonia Gandhi of Italian origin cannot become the Prime Minister of India. The dispute escalated and in the end all three were expelled from the party. Later he formed the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
The flag of rebellion in the hands of Pilot and Jitendra Prasad
In the absence of these three, the flag of rebellion remained in the hands of Rajesh Pilot and Jitendra Prasad. Both had expressed their displeasure against dynasty. Experts say that in 1998, it was Rajesh Pilot who wanted to stand against Sonia for the post of president. Their argument was that if more capable and experienced leaders are in Congress than Sonia, then the reins should be in their hands.
Rajesh Pilot dies in accident
In the year 2000, Rajesh Pilot planned that he would stand against Sonia for the post of president. He also held a massive rally with Jitendra Prasad on May 21, the birthday of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. But fate had something else in mind. Within 20 days, on June 11, he died in a car accident.
Jitendra Prasad challenged in the year 2000
Now only Jitendra Prasad’s hand was left to hold the flag of rebellion. Now he decided to oppose Sonia in the 2000 presidential election. He stood for the post of President against Sonia. Elections were held in November 2000, but they were badly defeated. He got only 94 votes out of 7,542 votes cast in the election. Jitendra Prasad could not bear this crushing defeat and he died of brain haemorrhage on 16 January 2001.