Days after meeting political strategist Prashant Kishor, Rahul Gandhi held hectic discussions with senior Congress leaders on whether the poll strategist could fit into the party’s scheme of things.
Speculations are rife that Prashant Kishor, the architect of BJP’s success in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and its rivals’ victories in several assembly elections, may join the Congress.
Can Prashant Kishor repeat the BJP’s success in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls with Congress?
Rahul Gandhi has held several meetings with senior Congress leaders for the past week to see if Kishor can be accommodated inside the party’s hierarchy. The meetings were held via video conferencing and included several senior party members, including former MP CM Kamal Nath, Mallikarjun Kharge, AK Antony, Ajay Maken, Anand Sharma, Harish Rawat, Ambika Soni, and KC Venugopal.
Kishor reportedly wants a role for himself in the Congress
The India Today has quoted its sources within the party who said that Rahul Gandhi shared with the senior Congress leaders about his meeting with Prashant Kishor recently. Kishor reportedly laid out a strategy for the Congress party with a role for himself.
India Today also quoted a senior member of the Congress party who was present at the meeting. “This is a time when fresh ideas and strategies should be brought in. There is no harm in bringing Prashant Kishor into the party; of course, in what capacity can be discussed.”
The senior leader said that Rahul Gandhi talked about the possibility of the political strategist joining the Congress rather than being just an advisor from the outside. The advantages and disadvantages of such a move were discussed, and suggestions are taken.
Kishor has the added advantage of working for the United Nations for eight years as a political strategist for International Politicians.
Prashant Kishore’s last rendezvous with the JDU was a disaster
In a larger perspective, many feel that the tactician could well add value to the party. However, senior leaders said that his role must be clearly etched out with several riders attached. In the meeting, Congress leaders did not fail to mention that Prashant Kishore’s last rendezvous with the Janata Dal-United (JDU) that turned out to be a debacle, the Congress could do well-set boundaries to his scope of work.