Senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada was spotted at the Union minister Piyush Goyal’s residence on Wednesday, sparking speculation of his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party months ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
Sources in the BJP told News18 that he may be asked to contest assembly polls in 2022 and then may be play a role in Lok Sabha elections in 2024. During the last state elections Congress’s UP incharge Priyanka Gandhi was mulling to field the popular Brahmin face against BJP stalwart Rajnath Singh in Lucknow.
Prasada was, however, reluctant to pick up the gauntlet. Sources had said that the leader felt more comfortable contesting from his traditional seat Dhaurara and didn’t see any sound political rationale in shifting to Lucknow.
The leader was among the G-23 leaders that demanded free and fair organisational election in the Congress last year.