Sources in the Congress upper house say that the party leadership has asked Prasanth Kishore, an expert of election strategists, to join the party and act as a responsible person instead of a consultant.
According to Congress leaders, Prashant Kishore may have talked to Sonia Gandhi about the party’s weaknesses and what needs to be done about its progress ahead of the party’s focus on winning 370 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in India.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting between Prashant Kishore and Sonia Gandhi, senior party leader K.C. Venugopal said a small committee would be set up to look into advancing the ideas put forward by Brand Kishore for the development of the Congress.
When asked by reporters whether Prashant Kishore had been asked to join the Congress party, Venugopal said, “Everything will be answered in a week.”
Battle for India will be fought and decided in 2024 & not in any state #elections
Saheb knows this! Hence this clever attempt to create frenzy around state results to establish a decisive psychological advantage over opposition.
Don’t fall or be part of this false narrative.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) March 11, 2022
During a meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Congress sources said Kishore had suggested that the Congress should contest the Lok Sabha elections separately in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha and form alliances in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra.
The ANI news agency quoted unnamed sources as saying that Rahul Gandhi had agreed to the idea.
Prashant Kishore was invited to today’s talks to talk about reviving the Congress ahead of major elections in the country, including the 2024 general election.
Although the talks focused on the Gujarat elections later this year, Congress sources said that he had talked to Sonia Gandhi for a long time about the 2024 elections.
Prashant Kishore is said to have taken a stand against the wishes of the party upper caste that the task of restructuring the Congress party could be carried out gradually. According to him, he is determined to make the biggest changes in the party from the top to the bottom at the same time.
The electoral tactics devised by Prashant Kishore to win Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal paid off. After that the relationship between Prashant Kishore and the Congress was without any progress.
In this context, after the defeat of the Congress party in the state assembly elections which took place a few months ago, the Congress has again shown interest in seeking advice on Prasanth Kishore’s election victory strategies. Congress sources said that today’s meeting took place in this context.