“I have a three-generation connection with Congress, so I took this important decision after a lot of deliberation. In the last 8-10 years I have felt that if there is one party that is truly national, it is BJP. Other parties are regional but this is national party,” said Prasada after joining the saffron party.
The 47-year-old Prasada, who was known as a close aide of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, was among the signatory dissenter in the Congress party who sent the letter to high command seeking an active and full-time party president.
The former Lok Sabha MP from Dhaurahra in Uttar Pradesh was one of the Congress' top leaders. He went on to become a Minister twice in the Manmohan Singh-led Congress Government.
He was the AICC in charge for the West Bengal Assembly polls in which the Congress performed poorly.
The development has been considered as a big loss to the Congress party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections due in less than a year, a Congress leader said.