Prashant Kishor a.k.a PK has covered a long distance in Indian politics over the last eight years, from playing a key role in Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial marketing campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to joining the JD(U) four years later and leaving it in a huff, to negotiating with the Congress for an entry now.
His trademark, though, has been unpredictability, or at least inconstancy, fueled by ambition. Many political figures who have worked with the smart strategist in the last eight years can attest to this. Some think he’s full of inconsistencies.
The Congress tale of Prashant Kishor is a living example; on Thursday, a presentation he supposedly gave for the party last year in which he suggested a non-Gandhi president was leaked.
Prashant Kishor met Sonia Gandhi one-on-one
Kishor met with Congress president Sonia Gandhi one-on-one on Friday. According to sources within the party, he may be inducted, and he was also open to the idea. According to insiders, he could join within the next two weeks.
Prashant Kishor had his first serious negotiations with Congress in May 2021. While he and his political consultancy firm I-PAC were working with the Congress’s opposition Trinamool Congress in the West Bengal Meeting polls, he met Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Every month or so, he gave her a presentation on how to resurrect the Congress. The Gandhis became involved with him, and both Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi met with him in July.
Kishor, on the other hand, met NCP supremo Sharad Pawar around the same time and, according to NCP insiders, proposed a great scheme involving the NCP and the Trinamool Congress.
Moreover, he is said to have told the NCP that he would recruit a number of “disgruntled” Congress and BJP leaders, as well as two Lok Sabha MPs, to the new entity, which would replace the Congress and pose a threat to the BJP and Narendra Modi.
“I’m not sure how he’s suddenly contemplating a proposal for its rebirth with Congress.” “He told us about his other ambitions,” an NCP official said.
Meanwhile, his conversations with Congress have so far failed to bear fruit. Neither did his plan to unite NCP and TMC.
Prashant Kishor abruptly turned his back on the Gandhis. He was also said to be behind the increasingly popular idea of appointing a non-Congressman as UPA chairperson. It is currently led by Sonia Gandhi.
Prashant Kishore meets West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee during the Bengal government’s oath-taking ceremony last year at Rajbhavan in Kolkata.
Prashant Kishor tweeted in December last 12 months, after joining the TMC for the 2022 Goa Meeting elections – a state the Congress had deep stakes in – that leadership of the Opposition was not “the divine proper of a person, particularly when the celebration has misplaced greater than 90% of elections in the final ten years.” He suggested that the management of the opposition should be decided “democratically.”
The TMC’s disastrous entry into Goa was another watershed moment in Kishor’s career. Even in a festival where Mamata Banerjee’s writ rules supreme, his role in crafting the celebration’s marketing campaign and puffing up its chances there quickly came into question.
Kishor started discussions with the Congress against this backdrop, the bad blood of the previous year seemingly forgotten.
Prashant Kishor can be said to be eager to join the Congress – something that remained unresolved last time as well.
There are various points with this, aside from understanding work for him inside the huge past celebration with its traditional defined approaches.
Kishor’s firm, I-PAC, now has lucrative contracts with the YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh and the TRS in Telangana, both areas where Congress has a presence.
Moreover, Kishor has expressed interest in forming a political party in Bihar. It was a way for him to test the waters by joining the JD(U).
If Prashant Kishor had been elected to Congress, I-support PACs for its opponents would have resulted in a battle of curiosity. In this light, it’s remarkable that Congress has cleverly made it public that it’s working with him, unlike when it met with various electoral strategists. “Prashant Kishor has delivered an in-depth presentation for the 2024 election method,” AICC basic secretary in charge of organization Okay C Venugopal said in an interview with the media last week.
“It requires some in-depth discussion, and the Congress president will convene a small group to discuss the entire presentation. That panel will submit a report every week in order to reach a final decision,” it added.
Some voices close to the highest levels of command have also expressed support for Kishor joining the Congress. Other party leaders also said he will not face any obstacles in becoming a member of the party, despite concerns from some members that they will be redundant if Congress takes this new path.