Prashant Kishor will be included in Congress’ “Empowered Action Group”, sources said today, suggesting the election strategist has come through the door with both feet. However, the party would need more time to decide on its exact role, which differences remain, they said.
The report of the eight-member special team formed by Sonia Gandhi to answer a call on the matter agrees Congress should project a new face ahead of the 2024 general election, sources said.
There is also a need for a total overhaul of the organization, the report acknowledges, amid speculation whether IPAC’s deal with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi ahead of the next state election could have affected Mr Kishor’s negotiations with Congress.
Notifying rival parties was a strict no-no from the special committee deliberating on Mr Kishor’s accession. It also deeply upsets some of the leaders who are already wary of him and the status quo that his entry could cause.
Mr. Kishor has submitted a detailed plan for the Congressional review.
An older version of the plan circulating on social media has indicated that he proposed sweeping changes that would bring non-Gandhis into key leadership roles. It also suggests wiping out some of the leaders from key decision-making bodies that have not won a single election — state, center, or even within the organization.
For now, the Empowered Action Group, which he may be part of, is set to address the “political challenges” ahead of the 2024 national elections at a three-day conclave in Rajasthan’s Udaipur next month.
A final decision on Prashant Kishor’s accession was expected after an important meeting today. But there was no announcement from Congress, save for a comment from senior leader Randeep Surjewala indicating that more time is needed to resolve the controversial issue.
Party sources told DailyExpertNews the committee is divided over Mr Kishor’s entry.
While proponents are Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Ambika Soni, opponents are Digvijaya Singh, Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala and Jairam Ramesh. KC Venugopal and AK Antony are pointing both for and against and their personal views are not yet known.