When Jitin Prasada, Sachin Pilot, and Milind Deora felt discontent with the Congress
Congress leader Jitin Prasada, 46, and Sachin Pilot, 42, are said to be part of the Congress young brigade along with Milind Deora. The list also used to include Jyotiraditya Scindia who left the Congress to join the BJP earlier this year. But this has been a summer of discontent for the young leaders.
As reported by ET, behind Jyotiraditya Scindia’s exit from the Congress lay a number of factors such as unfulfilled promises of the party’s government in Madhya Pradesh that made him face flak from his core supporters among the youth and farmers, his doubts over securing a Rajya Sabha seat and his growing resentment over being snubbed for a leadership role in the state.
Pilot, whose differences with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot led to a political crisis in Rajasthan, said he was an MLA and a Congress worker and will carry out the work assigned to him by the party. The party said Pilot had "committed to working in the interest of the Congress party and the Congress government in Rajasthan" and "a three-member committee" will be formed to address the issues raised by Pilot and "the aggrieved." This seems to have placated Pilot.
A day after being dissed at a stormy Congress Working Committee meeting over their letter seeking urgent organisational reforms, several members of the 'group of 23' said on Tuesday they are "not dissenters" but "proponents of revival". Many of them also backed Sonia Gandhi remaining at the helm. The signatories to the letter included Milind Deora, Ajay Singh, and Jitin Prasada. Having a "full time, active and visible" leadership, devolution of powers to state units and revamping the CWC in line with the party constitution are some of the far-reaching suggestions made by 23 senior Congress leaders in the letter to Sonia Gandhi to revive the organisation.
Referring to a resolution of UP’s Lakhimpur District Congress Committee seeking Prasada’s expulsion and slogans against him, senior Congress member Kapil Sibal had tweeted: “It is unfortunate that Jitin Prasada is being officially targeted in UP. Congress needs to target the BJP with surgical strikes instead of wasting its energy by targeting its own.” His colleague Manish Tewari retweeted it with the comment “prescient!” However, Priyanka Gandhi’s handpicked UPCC chief, Ajay Kumar Lallu, told ET the move against Prasada reflected workers’ feelings.