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Is Prashant Kishore set to join Congress?

Prashant Kishor

Whether poll strategist Prashant Kishor will join the Congress? What will his role be in the 2024 national election? The answer to these questions will be decided by Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, top leaders said today. Prashant Kishor met Sonia Gandhi at her residence for the second time in three days. While Congress has asked Mr. Kishor to formally join the party, Ms. Gandhi also asked a panel of leaders to study the proposals of the poll strategist and revert to her within a week. 

On Saturday, Kishor gave a detailed presentation on the roadmap to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections to a gathering of senior Congress leaders headed by party president Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence. He had two other meetings at Sonia Gandhi’s residence again. During these meetings, he is said to have met senior leaders Priyanka Gandhi, Mukul Wasnik, KC Venugopal, Randeep Surjewala, Digvijay Singh, Ambika Soni, and Kamal Nath. A Congress panel has been tasked with discussing the Prashant Kishor plan and getting back to Sonia Gandhi within a week, a Congress leader said.

It is being said that the poll strategist Mr. Kishor suggested that Congress should focus on contesting 370 seats. They should have coalitions with like-minded parties in some key States. The party should form an alliance in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Maharashtra and can stand alone in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, and Goa. Prashant Kishore has, in several interviews over the past three months, left enough clues about his handbook on how to defeat the BJP or revive Congress. He has given out a broad outline of his strategy without getting into operational details.

The series of meetings shows the sense of urgency in the Congress after the party was decimated in the recent Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, and Manipur. Few days back a Congress leader told “Be prepared for the second coming of Prashant Kishor.” In 2021, Kishor and Congress had detailed discussions regarding working together. However, the negotiations were unsuccessful due to what were claimed to be “fundamental differences.”

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