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Jitin Prasada gone, Congress must guard bigger prize Sachin Pilot

Has Jitin Prasada left Congress to join BJP thinking it El Dorado, only to find in time that it is dry land? This is what his former colleagues are warning and of course the future is not ours to see, what will be will be. But for the present it is the Congressmen in Uttar Pradesh who are looking at a rather thorough desertification of their electoral prospects.

So dismal has been their recent record in Uttar Pradesh – 2 out of 80 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, 1 in 2019, and just 7 out of 403 assembly seats in 2017 – that even alliance prospects are bleak come the 2022 state elections. SP and BSP will think twice, thrice… before hitching themselves to its bandwagon again.

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On the other hand, whether Prasada will deliver meaningful Brahmin ballast to BJP is also an open question. Bengal is fresh in memory, turncoats can be stupendously unsuccessful.

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Prasada is of course the second of Rahul’s men to abandon him over the course of the pandemic. Jyotiraditya Scindia struck the first big blow. And all eyes are now on Sachin Pilot. This is a man who by many accounts really delivered for Congress in the 2018 assembly polls in Rajasthan. Unlike Uttar Pradesh where the party has withered, Rajasthan is one of the few states where it can actually hold its own against BJP. So Pilot is a prize that Congress leadership must go all out to retain.



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