In another blow to Congress, there are floating speculations of the former UPA Minister Jitin Prasada being inducted into BJP and meeting the party president Amit Shah.
After being questioned by the media over the same, the Congress leader giving a cryptic response did not consolidate on the claims, but neither did he refuse the rumours.
Calling the claims 'hypothetical' he refused to clear the air over the speculations.
He said, "Where is this coming from? If they are saying in the evening, I will join then its evening already. You ask them."
"No, why should I answer hypothetical questions," he said before walking away.
The development is especially critical given that Prasada had campaigned closely with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the short time that she has been an official member of the Congress. Further, he is the latest in what is quickly becoming a long list of Congress leaders to jump ship, the most recent being long-time Congress loyalist Tom Vadakkan.
Jitin Prasada had held three ministries in under the UPA governments, starting with being MoS Steel, then MoS Petroleum and Natural Gas, then MoS Road Transport and Highways, and finally, MoS in the Human Resources Development ministry.
Prasada, now 45, is a Congress long-timer given his age, having joined the Youth Congress in 2001. He won his first election to the Lok Sabha in 2004 from Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur, and then again five years later from Dhaurara. However, following the Congress' debacle in the 2014 elections, he also failed to win his election to the Uttar Pradesh assembly in 2017.
At the BJP's end, on the other hand, cricketer Gautam Gambhir has strengthened the party's ranks by joining on Friday. Gambhir, who has been outspoken on a range of political and people's issues in the recent past, credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision as having played a role in his decision to enter politics.