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Shiv Sena mocks BJP over induction of Jitin Prasada; advises Congress to create strong team

The Shiv Sena on Friday described as “hilarious” the BJP’s celebration over the induction of Uttar Pradesh chief Jitin Prasada into the occasion fold, but in addition mentioned that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi may have to create a strong team in his occasion.

In a shot within the arm for the BJP, Jitin Prasada, a Congress chief joined the saffron party on Wednesday, months forward of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh scheduled for early subsequent yr. The 47-year former Union minister comes from a well known Brahmin household of UP.

In an editorial in occasion mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Shiv Sena mentioned Prasada, a younger chief, was of no use to the Congress and can stay so to the BJP. “Jitin Prasada, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin pilot were young leaders and there were high expectations from them. There is already a vacuum in the Congress after the death of Ahmed Patel and Rajeev Satav. It is not good that young leaders are going the BJP way,” the Sena mentioned.

“Prasada, who had faced defeat in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, has finally joined the BJP. Prasada’s family members were Congress loyalists. He was a minister in former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet. However, he kept losing Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. The BJP has now started celebrating his induction into the party fold. The caste politics of Uttar Pradesh is behind it. Eye on UP’s Brahmin vote bank is being said to be behind Prasada’s induction into the BJP,” it mentioned. “But if Prasada had a hold over the Brahmin votes, why these votes weren’t transferred to the Congress?” it requested.

The Sena mentioned that BJP”s conventional upper-caste vote have to be drifting away from the occasion. “Till now, the BJP did not require any arithmetic or face in UP. Narendra Modi was everything. Ram mandir or Hindutva were the issues to win votes. But now, the situation is so bad that it wants the support of Prasada,” it mentioned sarcastically.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led occasion mentioned the essential problem is why are the Congress leaders leaping ship. Talking in regards to the defection of Jyotiraditya Scindia to the BJP and the riot of Sachin Pilot, the Sena mentioned that in Punjab, too, there’s a riot in Congress. It, nonetheless, mentioned that riot and factionalism shouldn’t be restricted to the Congress alone.

“Despite being in position to win Kerala and Assam, the Congress couldn’t do so. It lost Puducherry. But there is no discussion on what the Congress should do next and how it should resurrect itself. Except in Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka, the Congress is fighting for its survival everywhere else. This political imbalance is harmful to the democracy,” it mentioned. The Congress has performed loads of work within the pre-Independence period and even after that. The Congress has a contribution to constructing the nation. Even at present, the ‘Nehru-Gandhi’ id of the nation can’t be obliterated…The Congress has a stronghold on the grass-root stage, it mentioned. “Congress president Sonia Gandhi has ably carried out her responsibility in the party. Now, Rahul Gandhi has to create a strong team, which will be the answer to the challenge before the party,” the Sena added.

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