Member of the Congress Working Committee and senior leader from Uttar Pradesh, Jitin Prasada speaks to The Hindu on his recent claims about Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's anti-Brahmin slant, construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and the attrition rate in Congress party. I began the Brahmin Chetna Parishad in 2017. As part of the organisation we did several meetings across Uttar Pradesh. We have revived our efforts because over the past two years there has been a spate of "Brahmin killings" in Uttar Pradesh.
I began the Brahmin Chetna Parishad in 2017. As part of the organisation we did several meetings across Uttar Pradesh. We have revived our efforts because over the past two years there has been a spate of "Brahmin killings" in Uttar Pradesh. Before the pandemic hit, I had taken out Brahmin Chetna Yatra as part of which I visited many districts, meeting the families of victims who are still struggling to get justice. Since the pandemic, we have been organising online meetings. From all these interactions, the feedback that I have received is an overwhelming feeling of resentment and insecurity. The Brahmin community feels that the present Uttar Pradesh government has been meting out a step-motherly treatment to them. The government has not given it's due to the community, it is all tokenism, be it postings of officers or giving politically irrelevant portfolios to those from the community.
I will not go that far to say it is by design. The question is there is an impression that this government is anti-Brahmin and that perception is only growing. How is it that the victims of recent crime incidents are only Brahmins? The statistics speak for themselves.
Historically what you are saying is true, but I can tell you, in the past 30 years, there has been a steady decline. There is a huge section, who have been left far behind. The pyramid has now inverted. The community is politically marginalised and is economically weak.
The Congress party has welcomed the construction of the Ram Temple. It is a matter of faith; more so personally for me. I am happy that Ram Temple is being constructed. Pandemic doesn't mean that the country has come to stand still. I hope all necessary precautions will be taken during the event.
I wasn't a part of the meeting of Rajya Sabha MPs with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, so how can I authoritatively give my opinion on a comment, which I can't be sure was actually spoken or is a piece of fiction.
I don't know the reasons and I am sure it varies from case to case basis. You have to ask them the reasons for their actions.
Has there been any meeting that I have supposedly attended or any anti-party activity or any statement given by me? I am not going to comment on speculation.