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Sonia, Congress top brass to decide on Prashant Kishor’s proposal today after KCR surprise

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: In the wake of speculations that political strategist Prashant Kishor may join the Congress party, the party’s top leadership will meet on April 25th, to determine whether to accept the poll strategist’s suggestion to reform the grand old party ahead of the 2024 general elections.

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It is said that top party leaders reviewed the benefits and drawbacks of bringing Mr Kishor on board, as well as what role he may play if he is hired. While no formal statement has been made, there are signs that the party has made a choice.

Members of the seven-member committee that presented a report to Sonia Gandhi on Mr Kishor’s proposal gathered at 10, Janpath this morning, in addition to party president Sonia Gandhi.

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram is chairing the group, which also includes prominent politicians K C Venugopal, Mukul Wasnik, Ambika Soni, Jairam Ramesh, Digvijaya Singh, and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

The meeting, which lasted over two hours, was also attended by Congress national secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and senior politician A K Antony.

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So far, the poll strategist has met with the Congress leadership three times, giving extensive presentations on his strategy to revitalise the party, which has been beset by poll failures in recent years.

A group of Congress veterans, on the other hand, are apprehensive of collaborating with the poll strategist because of his links to a number of Congress’ foes.

Following Mr 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 organisation 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.

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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 the Congress.

Mr 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.

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