Former Congress leader Jitin Prasada – the BJP’s newest high-profile recruit – has ruled out making any deal with Home Minister Amit Shah or party chief JP Nadda prior to his joining the ruling outfit.
Mr Prasada, 47, told NDTV that he quit the Congress – his party of two decades – because “it was getting difficult (to work)” and because he felt he could “serve people by moving to the BJP”.
“I didn’t do any deal with Nadda or Shahji… I will do whatever the party gives me. It is not about Rahul or any particular leader… I never said the Congress did nothing (for me). I got an opportunity to serve as a cabinet minister,” Mr Prasada told NDTV Thursday.
“I served Congress for three generations… but slowly it was getting difficult (to work). I thought the people are with Narendra Modi (and) I can serve the public by moving to the BJP. I will be able to do more work by staying with Yogiji (UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath).
Jitin Prasada, a former Union Minister who was once close to Rahul Gandhi, also took a swipe at his former party, calling the BJP “an institutionally-organised party”.
“The rest of the parties revolve around a particular person,” he said, in a not-so-subtle reference to the leadership crisis that has plagued the Congress since he and 22 other leaders of the opposition party wrote to Sonia Gandhi calling for sweeping reforms, collective decision-making and “full-time, visible leadership”.