Prashant Kishor’s induction into Congress has been hit by the ‘pause’ button. However, as I said on August 5, 2021, the Congress-Prashant Kishor aka PK story continues to be actual and laced with mutual curiosity.
Gandhis — Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka — and Prashant Kishor have mutually agreed to debate the ballot strategist’s formal entry within the Congress after the conclusion of 5 rounds of Assembly polls in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur.
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Interestingly, it has not been PK’s insistence to defer the a lot talked about formal entry within the Congress. Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi are reported to be of the view that the ‘jewel’ shouldn’t be judged by the result of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, and Manipur. Fascinating as it could sound, ‘mutual settlement’ to defer PK’s entry has not been ‘unanimous’ from the Congress aspect. Among the Gandhi trio, for example, Rahul Gandhi, the unconventional politician he’s, was not satisfied that the social gathering ought to trouble in regards to the end result of 5 polls whereas inducting somebody it considers as an asset.
In reality, opposite to some media stories, PK has no function within the choice of Charanjit Singh Channi as chief minister of Punjab. The concept was floated by Congress chief within the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, and lapped up by Rahul Gandhi.
Informed sources insist that Congress-PK political understanding is confined to 2024 Lok Sabha polls. His talks with Sonia Gandhi have been specializing in revamping the Congress, organisational overhaul, institutionalisation of the ticket distribution system, ballot alliances, fundraising, and so forth.
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In the previous few months, the probability of PK’s entry into Congress has led to appreciable disquiet throughout the Grand Old Party. Some edgy social gathering leaders, AICC workplace bearers and chief ministers of the party-ruled states have been taking odd potshots on the ballot strategist.
A piece of the Congress has been sad with the way in which Trinamool Congress has been ‘poaching’ leaders like Sushmita Dev, former Goa chief minister Luizinho Faleiro and a number of other leaders from Meghalaya, Tripura, and so forth. A Twitter spat between Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and official Trinamool Congress over a tweet by Prashant Kishor is out within the open.
In his defence, sources near PK level out that just about your entire Trinamool Congress management has its ‘Congress previous’. More importantly, Trinamool is intentionally coming into into states the place the Congress is both extraordinarily weak i.e. Tripura, or in Goa the place a 3rd social gathering, Aam Aadmi Party, was making deep inroads on the expense of the Congress. The Trinamool has, nevertheless, been cautious and restricted in states the place the Congress has excessive stakes Punjab and Uttarakhand.
As reported earlier, Rahul Gandhi has sounded out plenty of senior social gathering leaders about the opportunity of Prakash Kishor’s involvement with the Grand Old Party. From AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ambika Soni to plenty of center rung and youthful leaders, Kishor’s possible entry has been welcomed. However, in muted voices, some have instructed that the social gathering shouldn’t be seen as outsourcing its political actions to the brand new entrant.
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Some Congress leaders within the know of issues acknowledge that PK’s huge contacts chopping throughout the social gathering strains are thought of an asset. His proximity to Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, MK Stalin, Uddhav Thackeray, Akhilesh Yadav, Hemant Soren, Jagan Mohan Reddy is well-known. The ballot strategist is of the agency view that except the Congress, which is within the direct contest with the BJP in states corresponding to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, Haryana, Jharkhand, and so forth, begin beating its archrival, the mixed opposition’s efforts to edge out Narendra Modi-led NDA wouldn’t turn out to be a actuality.
The large query is whether or not Congress will go the litmus take a look at of successful Punjab and Uttarakhand by itself, with PK watching it from the sideline?
(Journalist Rasheed Kidwai is the writer of 24 Akbar Road and Sonia: A Biography)
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