New Delhi: Election strategist Prashant Kishor’s Tuesday meet with Congress leadership is seen by many political pundits as a sign of former joining the party in the coming days, while the Congress prepares for the state as well as the national elections. This, if turns out to be true, will be Prashant’s second innings as a political leader after his brief membership with JD (U).
Among those present in the meeting were Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AICC general secretary Punjab-in-charge Harish Rawat and KC Venugopal, at Rahul’s residence. The meeting was also joined by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi via a video link.
As per sources, Kishor had asked for an “appointment” during an hour-long meeting held yesterday. “Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi was also connected online during the meeting of Prashant Kishor, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal was also present. The meeting lasted about 1 hour. Prashant Kishor had asked for an appointment.”
There was a buzz that the meeting was called to discuss the party’s overhaul in Punjab ahead of assembly elections and amid the infighting in the party. However, the sources from the Congress today dismissed the rumours saying, “There was no talk about the Punjab Congress controversy, though Prashant Kishor discussed the prospects of Congress in the upcoming assembly elections. There was no discussion about pushing Sharad Pawar for president post (from UPA),” further said the sources.
On the other hand giving way to the speculations, some party insiders said the party leadership is open to the idea of Kishor becoming a card carrying Congress leader.
While Kishor’s possible role and post that are being discussed are not known, sources said that if he finally becomes a Congress leader, it is more likely to be as a strategist to chart party’s revival in states as well as its branding as a national alternative. Kishor already has a good equation with many Congress regional satraps after having managed their polls.
Whereas, in the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will remain the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, “There is no change in the post of Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha party at present,” asserted the source.