|Real name/Full name||Kunwar Jitin Prasada My Neta|
|Famous for||Jitin Prasada defected from Indian National Congress (Opposition party) and joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (Ruling party) in India, on 9 June, 2021|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Political Journey||Indian National Congress (Till 9 June, 2021)
• Minister of State, HRD (In office 28 October 2012 – May 2014 in Constituency Dhaurara, Uttar Pradesh)
• Minister of State, Road Transport and Highways (In office19 January 2011 – 28 October 2012)
• Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas (In office May 2009 – 18 January 2011)
• Minister of State, Steel (In office April 2008 – May 2009)
|Date of Birth||29 November 1973 (Thursday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||47 Years|
|Birthplace||Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Hometown||Uttar Pradesh, India|
|School||The Doon School (Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India)|
|College/University||• Shri Ram College of Commerce (a college for commerce and economics affiliated to the Delhi University) India
• IMI, New Delhi, India
|Educational Qualification||• 1992- He attended the all-boys' boarding school, The Doon School in Dehradun, India
• 1995- He earned a degree in commerce from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University
• 1996- He has completed his MBA from International Management of Institute, New Delhi.
|Address||Hata Baba Sahab, Khirani Bag, Shahjahapur,UP|
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||14 Feb 2010|
|Wife||Neha Seth (a political journalist)
|Parents||Father- Jitendra Prasad (was an Indian politician and a former vice-president of the Indian National Congress)
Mother- Kanta Prasad
Grandfather- Jitin's grandfather Jyoti Prasad was a Congress party member and served legislative and local body positions
Grandmother- Jitin's grandmother Pamela Prasad belonged to the Royal Sikh family of Kapurthala, Punjab, India
Great Grandfather- Jitin's great grandfather Jwala Prasad was a Colonial Civil Service officer
Great Grandmother- Jitin's Great grandmother Purnima Devi was the youngest daughter of Hemendranath Tagore brother of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore
|Siblings||Sister- Kumari Janhavi Prasada|
|Favourite Things Web Archive|
|Pastime and Recreation||Reading, Trying out different cuisines of the world, Interacting with friends, Computers|
|Sports and Clubs||Horse riding, water sports (rafting, rowing, yatching), soccer; Member, (i) India Habitat Center, Delhi ,and (ii) Boat House Club, Nainital|
|Countries Visited||Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Kenya, Singapore, U.K., and U.S.A.|
|Special Interests||Wild life, Bird watching, Jungle safari|
|Social And Cultural Activities||Interested in films and music, Doing social work for women, youth, farmers and the under privileged; associated with `SRIJAN` Jitendra Prasada Foundation, Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Money Factor Movable Assets My Neta|
|Cash (approx.)||Rs 3,00,000|
|Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies||Rs 2,13,16,301.61 citation|
|Bonds, Debentures and Shares in companies||Rs 2,88,51,264|
|LIC or other insurance Policies||Rs 1,88,640|
|Motor Vehicles (details of make, etc.)||Rs 5,50,000|
|Gross Total Value (approx.)||Rs 5,95,36,205.27|
|Money Factor Immovable Assets My Neta|
|Agricultural Land||Rs 1,50,24,800|
|Commercial Buildings||Rs 31,75,000|
|Residential Buildings||Rs 4,40,65,000|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Jitin Prasada
- Jitin Prasada is an Indian politician and former Minister of State for Human Resources during his tenure in the Indian National Congress. In 2009, Jitin won by 184,509 votes in the 15th Lok Sabha elections and represented Dhaurahra (Lok Sabha constituency) of district Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India.
- In 1992, Jitin Prasada attended the Doon School in Dehradun with his colleagues and Indian politicians Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, and Dushyant Singh.
- In 1999, Jitendra Prasada, father of Jitin Prasada, was a veteran Congress leader. Jitendra Prasada challenged the leadership of Rahul Gandhi’s mother Sonia Gandhi.
- In 2000, Prasada was among the 23 Congress rebels, often termed as G23, who wrote a letter to the Indian National Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi about the organizational challenges that the Congress party was seeking to establish its fixed roots in India. However, Sonia Gandhi made it clear that the letter was not to defame the ruling procedure of congress. Sonia Gandhi said that it was unfortunate that the top leaders of congress were protesting. Jitin Prasada faced the harsh consequences of being a part of the complaining group.
- In 2000, in the Congress Working Committee meeting, Ambika Soni said in a fit of rage to Jitin Prasada and reminded him of the history of his father late Jitendra Prasada who lost against Sonia Gandhi in the party president elections in 2000.
- Jitin Prasad started his career as a general secretary in 2001 with Indian Youth Congress Party.
- In 2004, Jitin won his first election and was elected Member of the Parliament from his hometown constituency of Shahjahanpur, UP in the 14th Lok Sabha elections.
- Jitin Prasad was inducted as Minister of State for Steel in April 2008 and was regarded as one of the youngest ministers in the Cabinet in his first tenure as a Member of the Parliament, India.
- Jitin Prasad fought and won the election from Dhaurara Lok Sabha constituency of district Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India when his hometown bastion Shahjahanpur came under the delimitation process.
- In 2008, Jitin Prasada laid down the foundation stone of a Steel factory in his constituency Dhaurara Lok Sabha constituency of district Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India.
- In the 2009 Parliamentary elections, Jitin promised to grant Broad gauge railway track of the district Lakhimpur Kheri, where Meter gauge was earlier in use. He received the major support of the local people.
- Jitin Prasada held the positions for Committee on Petitions as a member of Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Ministry of Steel for the 14th Lok Sabha in 2014.
- In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Jitin lost his seat to Rekha Verma of the Bhartiya Janta Party.
- On 13 January 2017, Jitin Prasada delivered a speech at the Jan Vedna Sammelan of the Indian National Congress. He raised his voice against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of renowned Congress leaders and the party workers, during the demonetization rule framed by the BJP government in India. Jitin Prasada explained the pain felt by the farmers and poor people during the block of money during the demonetization period in 2016.
- In April 2019, Jitin Prasada’s sister Janhavi arrived at Sudama Prasad School polling station in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, to cast her vote for the 14th Lok Sabha Elections, learned that her vote had already been cast through postal ballot by someone else and was surprised. Jitin Prasada, who came with his wife and sister to cast their votes for the 14th Lok Sabha Elections said that he would complain about the matter to the Election Commission of India. He stated,
When my sister went to the polling booth, she found her name had been ticked and the presiding officer told her that vote had been cast. This is how fake voting is taking place. I would take up the matter with the Election Commission.”
- Reportedly, during the 2019 Lok Sabha election, it was said that Priyanka Gandhi (an Indian politician and the general secretary of the All India Congress Committee in charge of Uttar Pradesh) desired to field a popular and local Brahmin candidate from Lucknow to fight against BJP’s dedicated and veteran candidate Rajnath Singh, and the person she wanted for the same was Jitin Prasada.
- In 2019, Jitin Prasada reacted to Scindia’s resignation and said that Scindia decided to resign personally and it was Scindia’s inner voice that made him resign from the Indian National Congress.
- Since 2019, Jitin was speculating to join Bhartiya Janta Party. However, he explained to the media persons that it was just a rumor and uttered nothing on the said allegation. Although, Prasada was upset with the INC for mishandling his constituency in Uttar Pradesh, India. Jitin neither denied nor accepted the rumors.
- In July 2020, the Congress set to allure the Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh, India when they launched their leader and former Union Minister of State Jitin Prasada at ‘Brahmin Chetna Parishad.’ Jitin Prashad told the media that the Brahmin Chetna Parishad organization would raise its voice for the Brahmin community. He said,
The body seeks to give a “voice” to the Brahmin community, which has been “systematically targeted under the Adityanath regime.”
- In 2021, Jitin Prasada has been appointed as the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee for the West Bengal Pradesh Committee.
- On June 9, 2021, Prasad joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was inducted into the party by Union Minister Piyush Goyal and MP Anil Baluni. Prasada’s joining into the BJP is seen as a huge gain for the party ahead of the 2022 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, India. Soon after joining the BJP Jitin said,
If there is any political party or a leader standing for the interests of the nation today, given the situation that our country is going through, it is BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
- Before joining the Bhartiya Janata Party on June 2021, Prasada met Union Minister Amit Shah and later met JP national president JP Nadda at the latter’s residence.
- A person aware of the matter told the media persons on 9 June 2021 when Jitin joined BJP that Jitin was not consulted on the matters of UP by the Indian National Congress. He said,
He told us that he was hardly consulted for UP [Uttar Pradesh] matters and what irked him was the change of guard in the Shahjahanpur district Congress unit without his knowledge.”
- A leader, who is a colleague of Jitin said to Indian media on June 2021 that SP (Samajwadi Party) leaders were given more importance while asking for the opinions in the constituency. He said,
He would often allege that former SP (Samajwadi Party) leaders who joined the Congress in Shahjahanpur were given more importance than people who served the party for years.”
- Prasada said in the event of joining BJP on 9th June 2021 to the media persons that BJP was the only party that is truly national. He said,
In the last 8-10 years, I have felt that if there is one party that is truly national, it is the BJP. The other parties are regional but this is a national party. The question today is not which party I am leaving, or which party am I coming from. I have joined BJP today with the intention of contributing to the new India that PM Modi is building. It is the new chapter of my political life.”
- Joining of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) by Jitin Prasada on 9th June 2021 would also help and support the Bhartiya Janta Party to keep Brahmins (a section of whom are said to be unhappy with the party in Uttar Pradesh) in a good frame of mind in the politically important state of India, Uttar Pradesh.
- A leader closely associated with Jitin Prasada told the media persons on the evening of the event when Jitin swapped to BJP on 9th June 2021 that Rahul Gandhi (an Indian politician and a member of the Indian Parliament, representing the constituency of Wayanad, Kerala, India) made no responses to the repeated messages of Jitin on Bengal elections campaigning at the beginning of 2021. He narrated,
The Congress had gone into West Bengal elections to lose. Despite Prasada making scores of calls and sending repeated messages to Rahul Gandhi and other Central leaders to come to Bengal and campaign, there was no response from Delhi. It soon dawned on Jitin Prasada that he had been sent to Bengal to become a fall guy.”
- On 9th June 2021, Rajya Sabha LoP Mallikarjun Kharge’s commented on the shifting of Jitin Prasada to BJP —
Jaane wale jaate rehte hain (those who want to leave, will definitely leave), we can’t stop them. It was his decision, he also had a future here. However, it is unfortunate.”
- After accepting the Bhartiya Janta Party membership on 9th June 2021, Jitin Prasada said:
I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP leadership for including me in this family. This is a new chapter of my political life. My ties with the Congress go back to three generations. I have made this decision after a lot of thought. I realized that while staying in Congress I would not be able to meet the aspirations of the people and protect their interests. If there is an institutional party in the country today, it is the BJP. Other parties are personality-driven and regional.”