Party needs leadership, not me, says Prashant Kishor turning down Congress offer


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Poll strategist Prashant Kishor said he is declining the ‘generous offer’ to join Congress and claimed the grand old party needs leadership and collective will to fix the issues.

Taking to Twitter, Kishor said, “I declined the generous offer of Congress to join the party as part of the EAG and take responsibility for the elections.”

“In my humble opinion, more than me, the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep-rooted structural problems through transformational reforms,” he added.

Prashant Kishor met the party leadership, including interim chief Sonia Gandhi, earlier this month and presented a blueprint for the 2024 elections. An eight-member committee, set up by Sonia Gandhi, then submitted its report by way of recommendation.

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Kishor in his detailed presentation had reportedly told Congress that it should fight alone in Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh but form alliances in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and even West Bengal. According to sources, PK even stated that there is a need to change the current organisational set up, including communication department and social media.

But on Tuesday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced on Twitter that poll strategist Prashant Kishor would not join the Congress.

“Following a presentation and discussions with Prashant Kishor, the Congress president constituted the Empowered Action Group-2024 and invited him to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility. He declined. We appreciate his efforts and suggestions given to the party,” Surjewala said on Twitter.

Recently, Telangana Chief Minister KCR’s TRS had signed a pact with PK’s Indian Political Action Committee for the state elections.

Earlier in an interview with India Today, Kishor had said that Congress could challenge BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections only if they prepare a 15-year plan of action.

When Prashant Kishor earlier worked for the Congress in 2017, the poll strategist reportedly wanted a senior post, but party leaders wanted him to come in as a worker. Then PK wished to lead the party in poll-bound states. Congress didn’t accept this proposal. PK then had a split with the Congress as he felt his hands were tied and wanted more freedom.

Read the full article at: indiatoday.in


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