Prashant Kishor declines offer to join Congress, says 'Party needs leadership, collective will more than me'

New Delhi:

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday said Congress needs “leadership and collective will” than him to fix deep-rooted structural problems through transformational reforms. The political strategist informed that he has declined the offer to join Congress. 

Kishor tweeted said, “I declined the generous offer of Congress to join the party as part of the Empowered Action Group (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.”

In the past 15 days, Kishor has been seen holding meetings with the Congress’s top officials including party interim president Sonia Gandhi. Kishor also proposed to reform the party ahead of the 2024 general election. Kishor had given a detailed presentation with a road map for the 2024 General elections.

Kishor mentioned the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and said the people are looking forward for an Opposition led by the Congress. He said, however, the grand old party (Congress) needs to resolve its deep-rooted problems to remove its structural weakness. 

“People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of GOP-led opposition based on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. 

Unfortunately, there are no quick-fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP,” Kishor had said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala informed that party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi constituted an Empowered Action Group 2024 and invited Kishor to join which he declined. 

“Following a presentation and discussions with Prashant Kishor, Congress President has constituted a 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 suggestion given to party,” Surjewala tweeted.

This came after the Congress panel set up by president Sonia Gandhi to work out a revival plan, as suggested by poll strategist Prashant Kishor, submitted a report on its findings on Friday.

According to news agency ANI, Kishor, in his presentation to Congress leadership, suggested that Congress should fight alone in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha, and it should form alliances in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra to which Rahul Gandhi has agreed.

Kishor is learnt to have said that Congress should focus on 370 Lok Sabha constituencies for the 2024 general elections.

After the recent poll debacle in five states, Congress was holding negotiations with Kishor. The results of five Assembly polls came as a shock to Congress which was hoping to do well to revive its prospects for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and to fend off the emerging challenge from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress to replace it as the fulcrum of anti-BJP politics in the country.

Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has openly praised Prashant Kishor, saying that he is a “brand”. Senior Congress leader Veerapa Moily has said that those opposing Kishor’s entry to the party are “anti-reformers”. 

(With inputs from ANI)


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