Jitin faces flak on home turf for siding with ‘dissenters’ | Lucknow News

Lucknow: Days after the letter controversy erupted in the Congress, former Union minister and ex-MP Jitin Prasada is facing flak in his own backyard for siding with the ‘dissenters’ against the first family of the party. He, however, got support from senior party colleagues Kapil Sibal and Manish Sharma, the two who were also among 23 signatories of the letter demanding a churning in the party’s leadership.
The party unit in his home district Lakhimpur Kheri passed a resolution against Prasada which said: “Jitin Prasada is the only person from Uttar Pradesh to have signed the letter. His family history has been against the Gandhi family and his father Jitendra Prasad proved it by fighting elections against Sonia Gandhi. Despite this, Sonia Gandhi gave Jitin Prasada a Lok Sabha ticket and made him a minister. What he has done is gross indiscipline and the district Congress committee wants strict action against him and condemns his actions.”
A video of party workers raising slogans against Prasada is also doing rounds on social media. Meanwhile, reacting to the resolution against Jitin, former minister Kapil Sibbal urged party workers not to shoot their own arm and target the BJP instead.
Prasada represented Shahjahanpur Lok sabha seat in 2004 and Dhaurahra Lok Sabha seat, which is a part of the Lakhimpur Kheri district, in 2009. Recently he has been trying to cultivate an image of a Brahmin leader by raising the issues in favour of the caste. Prasada’s father, Jitendra Prasada, had challenged Sonia Gandhi’s in the elections for the party presidentship in the late 90s.
Meanwhile, reacting to the resolution passed by the Kheri district unit of the party, Kapil Sibal said that it was unfortunate the party was targeting its own member Jitin Prasada when it needed to target the ruling BJP with “surgical strikes”.

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