Prashant Kishor, Congress walk their separate ways | Recap
Prashant Kishor today declined the Congress’ offer to join the party’s Empowered Action Group-2024 with “defined responsibility”, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced on Twitter, putting an end to days of speculation.
The grand old party, desperate to return to power in 2024, was wooing Kishor for quite some time but to no avail. Although this time, it seemed certain that the kingmaker, as Kishor is referred to by many, would finally join the Congress, the deal fell through.
“Following a presentation & discussions with Sh. Prashant Kishor, Congress President, has constituted an Empowered Action Group 2024 & invited him to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility. He declined. We appreciate his efforts & suggestion given to party,” Surjewala tweeted.
“I declined the generous offer of #congress to join the party as part of the EAG & 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,” Kishor said in an apparently critical tweet, minutes after Surjewala’s announcement.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED:
- Prashant Kishor met Sonia Gandhi and the party leadership earlier this month and presented a blueprint for the 2024 elections, sparking rumours that the master strategist will join the party as a leader to steer it out of the string of poll losses.
- Sonia Gandhi, following the meeting with Kishor, set up an eight-member panel to study his recommendations and prepare a report, following which an “Empowered Action Group-2024” was formed to address the political challenges and discuss an organizational overhaul.
- Prashant Kishor, during his association with I-PAC, had crafted poll campaigns for the Congress in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. The strategist launched the “Coffee with Captain” and “Punjab da Captain”, making Amarinder Singh a household name ahead of the polls. The Congress swept to power in the state. However, his magic didn’t work in UP. The grand old party managed to win just seven seats in 2017, sowing the first seeds of rift between Kishor and the party. PK had often blamed the party high-command for the disaster.
- At the meetings with Sonia Gandhi and other top leaders, Prashant Kishor, who has been associated with several party rivals, including the TMC, the YSRCP and the AAP, had reportedly said that Congress should concentrate on 370 Lok Sabha seats and should forge alliances for the rest, sources told India Today TV. He also said that Congress should fight alone in UP, Bihar and Odisha while in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Maharashtra, Congress should fight in alliance, they added. PK also discussed strategies for the upcoming polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
- The I-PAC founder, in his detailed presentation to the Congress, had reportedly stated that there is a need to change the current organisational set up, including the communication department and the social media.
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