The Congress high leadership will meet today to decide whether to embrace poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s plan to reform the grand old party ahead of the general election in 2024.
Moreover, this is the last meeting of the party’s top brass on Mr. Kishor’s proposal, and a decision is expected today.
Members of the seven-member committee that presented a report to Sonia Gandhi on Mr. Prashant Kishor’s suggestion have also arrived at the party chief’s residence for the meeting.
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram is chairing the group, which also includes prominent leaders KC Venugopal, Mukul Wasnik, Ambika Soni, Jairam Ramesh, Digvijaya Singh, and Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress general secretary, and senior leader A K Antony have also arrived at the Congress president’s 10, Janpath residence for the meeting.
So far, the poll strategist has met with the Congress leadership three times, giving extensive presentations on his plan to revitalize the party, which has been beset by-poll failures in recent years.
A group of Congress veterans, on the other hand, are wary of collaborating with the poll strategist because of his ties to a number of Congress foes.
Prashant Kishor’s 2day stay at political consultancy firm IPAC
Following Mr. Prashant Kishor’s two-day stay with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s contract with political consultancy firm I-PAC for the 2023 state elections, such voices are sure to get louder.
While Mr. Kishor’s relationship with IPAC has officially terminated, he is claimed to be aware of all decisions made by the organization he formerly managed.
Mr. Rao’s party is in a direct election battle with the Congress in Telangana, therefore Mr. Kishor’s weekend visit to Hyderabad is expected to have a significant impact on the Congress gathering today.
Mrs. Gandhi’s special panel to review Mr. Kishor’s proposal, according to party sources, wants him to divorce himself from all other political parties and devote himself fully to Congress.
Mr. Prashant Kishor is also believed to have urged that the Congress form alliances with regional parties such as Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and KCR‘s Telangana Rashtra Samithi, according to sources.