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‘If your girlfriend walks out on you’: Congress leader Sanjay Jha on Jitin Prasada’s exit

The exodus of young, able leaders from Congress continues, with the latest exit being that of former Union minister Jitin Prasada. The desertion, coming a little over a year after young Turk Jyotiraditya Scindia jumped ship to the BJP, has prompted former Congress national spokesperson Sanjay Jha to state that something is amiss within the grand old party.

“With anti-incumbency building up against the government, in a normal world, the Congress should have been the hunter, the poacher. Clearly, there is a problem,” tweeted Jha hours after news broke of Prasada switching allegiance to the BJP.

Jha’s remarks were a hollow echo of Prasada’s recent stance wherein he questioned the functioning of the party and demanded an overhaul of the party organisation following a bitter defeat in the 2019 general elections. Prasada said earlier that His decision to quit the Congress stemmed from his realization that “if one is unable to serve one’s people or protect their interests being in a certain party, it is better to leave.”

Prasada’s move to join their political nemesis has not gone down well with the Congress; the Twitter handle of INC Chhattisgarh has already taken a swipe at the 47-year-old and thanked him for leaving the party. Jha, however, had an interesting take to offer on the matter: “If your girlfriend walks out on you with your best rival, look in the mirror. Don’t blame her.”

The Congress leader also remarked that losing Prasada was a blow to the Congress, while his addition to the BJP ranks would only bolster the saffron party’s prospects, coming as it does ahead of the high-voltage Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year.

“You can’t blame the BJP for picking up disgruntled leaders from the Congress. If I was Amit Shah I would do the same. That’s politics,” tweeted Jha.

Recalling the impression Prasada left on him after a recent conversation, Jha said, “Jitin is a gentleman, genial and generous-hearted.”

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