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Prashant Kishor predicts 'impending electoral rout' for Congress in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls

Prashant Kishor had recently turned down an offer to join the Congress.

Abhinav Ranjan Written by: Abhinav Ranjan New Delhi Updated on: May 20, 2022 15:22 IST
Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press
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Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press meet, in Patna, Thursday, May 5, 2022. 

Highlights

  • PK has been vocal against Congress' leadership for failing to fix deep-rooted structural problems
  • PK and Congress parted ways in April after hectic parleys for the former's entry into the party
  • PK mounted his attack on Congress saying 'Chintan Shivir' failed to achieve anything meaningful

Election strategist Prashant Kishor has predicted an 'impending electoral rout' for the Congress in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in the Assembly elections later this year. In a hard-hitting tweet shared on Friday afternoon, Prashant also commented on the grand old party's recently held 'Chintan Shivir' in Udaipur, saying the 'brainstorming session failed to achieve anything meaningful'.

"I’ve been repeatedly asked to comment on the outcome of #UdaipurChintanShivir. In my view, it failed to achieve anything meaningful other than prolonging the status-quo and giving some time to the #Congress leadership, at least till the impending electoral rout in Gujarat and HP!" Prashant, who recently turned down an offer to join the Congress, tweeted.

A three-day brainstorming session, Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir, was organised by Congress in Udaipur last week. It was attended by the Gandhis and senior party leaders to discuss the electoral challenges and strategies for the upcoming assembly polls and 2024 general elections.

The grand old party had promised hard decisions after the humiliating defeat in the Assembly polls in five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur earlier this year. But the party failed to take tough decisions and also address concerns raised by senior leaders including a long-pending demand for a leadership overhaul. 

The Congress, however, announced 'Bharat Jodo march', reserving posts to people under 50 years of age and giving representation to the marginalised sections.

PK-Congress talks fail 

If reports are to go by, Kishor's talks with Congress failed because he wanted sweeping powers and a free hand in the election management. The party didn't agree to the terms set by him and said that it wants a group of leaders to oversee the 2024 general elections. Several Congress leaders were of the opinion that 'no consultant' should get the 'power to run the whole show'.

After declining the Congress' offer, Prashant had said that the party needs 'leadership' and 'collective will' to fix deep-rooted structural problems.

"I declined the generous offer of #Congress to join the party as part of the EAG & take responsibility for the elections," he had tweeted. "In my humble opinion, more than me, the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep-rooted structural problems through transformational reforms."

 

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