Jitin Prasada
Jitin Prasada in 2013
Minister of Public Works Department
Government of Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
25 March 2022 (2022-03-25)
Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath
Preceded byKeshav Prasad Maurya
Minister of Technical Education
Government of Uttar Pradesh
In office
26 September 2021 – 25 March 2022
Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath
Preceded byKamal Rani Varun
Succeeded byAshish Singh Patel
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2021 (2021-10-01)
ConstituencyNominated by Governor
Minister of State for Human Resource Development
In office
28 October 2012 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterM. M. Pallam Raju
Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways
In office
19 January 2011 – 28 October 2012
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterC. P. Joshi
Minister of state for Petroleum & Natural Gas
In office
28 May 2009 – 19 january 2011
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterMurli Deora
Minister of state for Steel
In office
6 April 2008 – 22 May 2009
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterRam Vilas Paswan
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byRekha Verma
In office
Preceded byRammurti Singh Verma
Succeeded byMithlesh Kumar
Personal details
Born (1973-11-29) 29 November 1973 (age 50)
Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (2021–present)
Other political
Indian National Congress (2001–2021)
Alma mater

Jitin Prasada (born 29 November 1973) is an Indian politician from Uttar Pradesh. He was appointed Cabinet Minister by the Government of Uttar Pradesh on 26 September 2021. Earlier, he has been the former Minister of State for Human Resource Department, Government of India. He was representing Dhaurahra (Lok Sabha constituency) of district Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh in 15th Lok Sabha,[1] where he won by 184,509 votes.[2] On 9 June 2021 Jitin Prasad quit the Indian National Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal.[3][4][5][6][7]

Prasada attended The Doon School, Dehradun at roughly the same time as politicians Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo and Dushyant Singh.[8][9][10]

Early life

Prasada was born in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh to politician Jitendra Prasada and his wife Kanta Prasada. He attended the all-boys' boarding school, The Doon School in Dehradun (where he was a contemporary of politicians Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo).[11][12] He did a degree in commerce from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and then completed his MBA from International Management Institute, New Delhi.

His grandfather Jyoti Prasad was a Congress party member and served legislative and local body positions. His grandmother Pamela Prasada belonged to the Sikh family of Kapurthala. His great grandfather Jwala Prasada was a Imperial Civil Service officer and great grandmother Purnima Devi, youngest daughter of Hemendranath Tagore brother of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.[citation needed]

Political career

In 2001, Jitin Prasad started his career with Indian Youth Congress as a general secretary. In 2004, he won his first election and was elected Member of the Parliament in the 14th Lok Sabha from his hometown constituency of Shahjahanpur, U.P.

In his first tenure as Member of the Parliament Jitin Prasad was inducted as Minister of State for Steel and was one of the youngest ministers in the Cabinet (April 2008). In 2009, he fought and won the election from Dhaurara, as his home bastion Shahjahanpur came under the delimitation process.

His promise of getting the Meter gauge railway track of the district Lakhimpur Kheri converted to Broad gauge gathered major support for his candidature during 2009 Parliamentary elections. He has laid down foundation stone of a Steel factory in his constituency Dhaurahra (Lok Sabha constituency) during his tenure as Union minister of state for Steel in 2008. For the 14th Lok Sabha, Jitin held the positions of Committee on Petitions (Member); Committee on Information Technology and Communications (Member); Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Steel.

He was appointed In-Charge for West Bengal for Congress, ahead of 2021.

Prasad joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on June 9, 2021.[13][14][15]


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  2. ^ "News18.com: CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". Ibnlive.in.com. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
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  8. ^ "Seven Doscos in 15th Lok Sabha". 31 May 2009.
  9. ^ "In a first, 3 Doon alumni are CMS, all from the same powerful era". 19 December 2018.
  10. ^ "UPA's Sachin Pilot, Agatha Sangma & Jitin Prasada on matters personal & political". Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Cool Breeze: Surprise BJP face for Himachal - The Sunday Guardian Live".
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  14. ^ "कांग्रेस छोड़ जितिन प्रसाद BJP में हुए शामिल, जानें कैसा रहा राजनैतिक सफर". Hindustan (in Hindi). Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  15. ^ "जितिन प्रसाद ने छोड़ा कांग्रेस का साथ, भाजपा में हुए शामिल". Outlook (in Hindi). Retrieved 9 June 2021.