Bhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday welcomed Congress leader Jitin Prasada’s decision to join the saffron party. Scindia, who himself quit from the Congress last year, termed Prasada as his ‘younger brother’. “I am very happy, he is my younger brother,” he said. The BJP MP also said that he encouraged Prasada’s decision to join the BJP, which is marching ahead in India in terms of development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda. “I welcome him with an open heart and extend him heartiest congratulations on his decision to join the BJP,” he added.
Jitin Prasada joined the BJP on Wednesday, giving an edge to the BJP ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Both Scindia and Prasada, during different periods, were in charge of the Congress’ affairs in the politically important Uttar Pradesh.
However, Scindia joined the saffron party along with his supporter MLAs in March 2020, resulting in a major collapse of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh. The BJP MP on Wednesday met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state BJP president VD Sharma and urban administration and development minister Bhupendra Singh.
Later, Scindia had a luncheon meeting with Sharma and senior RSS leaders. He also had a one-hour meeting with the chief minister at his office. Asked about rumours regarding his induction into the Union Cabinet, Scindia said, “I am concerned only with public service and I wish to remain associated with people.”
Following Prasada joining the BJP, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat mentioned it as a ‘big slap on their face’ and expressed dismay at the former union minister calling the Congress ‘family’ a regional party. “Jitin Prasada joining BJP is like a big slap on our face. It is sad and disheartening. I am surprised that he called Congress “a regional party” and joined the party against which his family fought,” Rawat said.
“I have a three-generation connection with Congress, so I took this important decision after a lot of deliberation. In the last 8-10 years, I have felt that if there is one party that is truly national, it is BJP. Other parties are regional but this is the national party,” Prasada said while joining the BJP.
(With inputs from PTI)