Jitin Prasada joins BJP; dumps Congress ahead of UP elections

Jitin Prasada, a former Congress politician and Union minister, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday in the presence of party president and Union minister Piyush Goyal, fueling speculation that another prominent figure will join the saffron party. At 1 p.m., the BJP convened a news conference to make the formal announcement. Prasada, a well-known Brahmin, joined the BJP in the run-up to the important Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Prasada, a two-term Member of Parliament, is a youthful leader who served as a close adviser to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Prasada began his career as the general secretary of the Indian Youth Congress.

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