|Minister of State, HRD|
28 October 2012
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Constituency||Dhaurahra (Lok Sabha constituency)|
|Minister of State, Road Transport and Highways|
19 Jan 2011 – 28 Oct. 2012
|Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas|
May 2009 – 18 Jan 2011
|Minister of State, Steel|
April 2008 – May 2009
29 November 1973 |
Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Smt. Neha Seth|
|As of July 30, 2009
Jitin Prasada (born 29 November 1973) is an Indian politician from Indian National Congress. At present he is the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, despite being famous for having kicked a protester on his face multiple times in UP. He is representing Dhaurahra (Lok Sabha constituency) of district Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh in 15th Lok Sabha where he won by 1,84,509 votes.
Born in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh to Jitendra Prasad, former Vice President of the Indian National Congress and Political Advisor to the Prime Ministers, Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 and P V Narasimha Rao in 1994. His mother, Kanta Prasada, hails from Himachal Pradesh and runs an NGO `SRIJAN` Jitendra Prasada Foundation towards the cause of women, youth, farmers and the underprivileged. His sister, Janhavi Prasada, is a documentary filmmaker and peace educator.
His grandfather Jyoti Prasada was a Congress party member and served legislative and local body positions. His grandmother Pamela Prasad belonged to the Royal Sikh family of Kapurthala. His great grandfather Jwala Prasada was a Colonial Civil Service officer and great grandmother Purnima Devi,youngest daughter of Hemendranath Tagore brother of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
In 2001, Jitin Prasada started his career with Youth Congress as a General Secretary IYC. In 2004, he won his first election and was elected Member of the Parliament in the 14th Lok Sahbha from his hometown constituency of Shahjahanpur, UP.
In his first tenure as Member of the Parliament Jitin Prasada was inducted as Minister of State for Steel and was one of the youngest minister 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 14th LokSabha Jitin held the positions for Committee on Petitions (Member); Committee on Information Technology and Communications (Member); Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Steel.
Jitin Prasada married in February 2010 to Neha Seth, a former TOI and CNN IBN journalist. His interests include bird watching and jungle safari. He likes films, music and reading, and has a taste for trying out different cuisines of the world and seeks recreation in interacting with friends and working on computer. He is a member of the India Habitat Center, Delhi, and Boat House Club, Nainital, and likes partaking in horse riding and water sports like rafting, rowing, yachting, besides soccer.
Jitin kicked students of Allahabad University who were protesting against Rahul Gandhi's failure in getting the students' union in Allahabad University revived. Visuals show close aide of Rahul Gandhi, Jitin Prasada kicking youth protestors. As a result, a criminal case was registered by the state police against central ministers Jitian Prasada and RPN Singh.
- "UP Police registers case against ministers for assaulting Samajwadi Party youths during Rahul Gandhi's rally". Economic Times. November 16, 2011.
- Official Biography of Shri Jitin Prasad(http://126.96.36.199/LssNew/Members/Biography.aspx?mpsno=4065])
- biography from Govt. of India records
- Jitin Prasada: Petroleum & Natural Gas
- Gods the most misused name
- Jitin Prasada | Bonding with the voters