Congress, SP have sealed a natural alliance, says Jitin Prasada
Demonetisation has badly affected the people. The people are still suffering. In my constituency, I can see long queues even late in the night. Many have lost jobs and business has been adversely affected, said Jitin Prasadalucknow Updated: Feb 06, 2017 14:23 IST
A young leader and a Brahmin face of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Jitin Prasada is known for his proximity with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Being a former MP, his decision to contest assembly election came as a surprise to many and raised questions about his future plans.
Umesh Raghuvanshi spoke to Prasada over telephone on assembly elections, Congress-SP alliance and the challenges ahead. Excerpts:
Why are you contesting assembly election?
It gives me an opportunity to connect with my people. Shahjahanpur assembly seat is a reserved constituency so I could not contest from there. I thank my party for giving me the opportunity to contest election from Tilhar, an assembly constituency in Shahjahanpur.
Your take on Congress-SP alliance?
It is a natural alliance. Two young leaders – Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav – have come together to contest assembly elections in the state. Both of them are well connected with the people. People have high hopes from them.
Congress and SP are working in coordination at every level and the alliance is smooth. We are sure we will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh.
If the SP-Congress alliance wins, will you be Congress’s choice for the post of deputy chief minister?
I have no idea. I am only focusing on my campaign in Tilhar.
What is the major challenge that you face?
Countering caste and communal politics of the BJP will be a major challenge. The party may try to communalise atmosphere. The BJP has failed to keep the promises it made ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election and it may resort to such tactics to polarise votes.
Will demonetisation have an impact on election result?
Demonetisation has badly affected the people. The people are still suffering. In my constituency, I can see long queues even late in the night. Many have lost jobs and business has been adversely affected.
But the people may support BJP again.
Days of ‘Pied Piper’ are over. The election scenario has changed over the years. BJP has been hoodwinking the common man. People now want to know what happened to the promise of jobs for the youth. The BJP has failed to deliver on every front.
What will be your focus in this election?
The local MLA did nothing for the people in the last five years. The youth are not getting jobs, and farmers’ issues have been neglected. Even the union budget did not give anything to farmers or other sections.
Is the Congress organisation strong enough to support you?
The organisation has been very active in the last two years. The party has been focusing on problems of the people. The party got loan waiver forms filled by a large number of farmers.