Prashant Kishor decides not to run for Congress, claims that the party lacks leadership

26 April, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

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Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president, urged Kishor to join the party and become a member of the Empowered Action Group-2024, which is in charge of the party's election strategy for the next elections.

Prashant Kishor, a poll strategist, turned down the Congress’ offer to join the party and help it develop its poll strategy, saying that the party needs more than him to tackle deep-seated structural problems through transformative reforms.

Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president, urged Kishor to join the party and become a member of the Empowered Action Group-2024, which is in charge of the party’s election strategy for the next elections.

Kishor has denied the offer, according to Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, although the party appreciates his efforts and proposals.

Kishor had given a detailed presentation to top Congress leaders, which was thoroughly discussed by the party’s senior leadership before an offer was made to him.

Kishor took to Twitter shortly after the Congress announced that he had declined the offer, saying that the party needed a collective will to fix deep-rooted structural problems through reforms.

Kishor was eager to join the Congress and had done so without expecting anything in return. He also presented a presentation to the party’s top officials, which they discussed over the last week.

According to sources, his refusal to join the Congress was due to an agreement inked by his company I-PAC with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for the Telangana assembly elections, which the Congress leadership saw as a conflict of interest.

Kishor has been hired to run elections for Mamata Banerjee’s TMC in West Bengal and Nitish Kumar’s JD-U in Bihar.