The exit of former Union Minister Jitin Prasada, yet another tall leader of the Congress, on Wednesday, was well summed up by his erstwhile party colleague and now Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who noted that the grand old party as a wrecked and rudderless “Titanic” which continues to sink.
The Congress high command seems to have learned no lesson from the exit of the likes of Jyotiradtiya Scindia and rebellion of Sachin Pilot. Scindia defected to the BJP and brought down the Congress Government in Madhya Pradesh while the Congress leadership remained clueless.
Pilot did nearly the same, only to be persuaded to stay back. But after that the Congress leadership has done nothing to rehabilitate him.
With this latest “exit” more than 50 top and prominent leaders which includes former Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, State party presidents have quit the grand old party and joined the BJP ever since the run up to the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 when the country witnessed “Modi wave”.
Amid continued infighting in its Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh units, the grand old party received Prasada’s jolt after facing the drubbing in the Assembly elections in April-May. Some of the other leaders said to be frustrated in the Congress are former party MP and Mumbai unit congress chief Milind Deora among others. Deora, Prasada, Scindia and Pilot were once considered as the young brigade of the Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi
Jitin had frequently indicated his unhappiness to the party leadership. There were also “rumours” before the 2019 general elections of him joining the BJP. He was unhappy over the appointment of Ajay Singh Lallu as UP Congress chief. He then joined the ranks of Congress leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi last year demanding immediate changes in the party’s functioning.