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Why Prashant Kishor turned down Congress’ offer, here’re 4 key points

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The arrangement that Prashant Kishor and the Grand Old Party were inches away from sealing fell apart after days of speculation and back-to-back discussions with the Congress high leadership. According to reports, there were essentially four reasons why the agreement fell through. Prashant Kishor wanted something, but the Congress was thought to be sticking to its guns, and the compromise that both parties attempted to reach was ultimately unworkable.

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Here is what Prashant Kishor wanted from Congress

1. Prashant Kishor wants to be in charge of all message and communications. He needed statistics to make decisions about party tickets and strategy. The demand for an entirely unfettered hand did not go over well with the other members of the party. The Congress’s objection was that if PK is given complete control of communications and ticket distribution, it may impinge on the functions of others in the party, rendering the PCC and CEC useless.

2. Prashant Kishor sought to report directly to Sonia Gandhi, the party’s president, whereas the party wanted him to be a member of the empowered action group.

3. Prashant Kishor wants to establish a coalition with regional political groups. According to reports, PK intended to head alliance-formation negotiations with KCR, Jagan, and Mamata because he believed defeating Modi required it. However, the Congress believed that such accords may jeopardise the party’s grassroots rebirth in several areas.

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4. PK intended to concentrate on the Lok Sabha election in 2024, but the Congress insisted that he concentrate on the state assembly elections this year and next year.

Prashant Kishor’s ties to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana, as well as the fact that I-Pac, the business he created, would now work with the TRS, might be another factor in Congress’ reluctance. KT Rama Rao, the TRS working president and a Telangana minister, has stated that the Congress is a superfluous organisation. “We have no business dealings with Congress. It’s an out-of-date institution. In the last 75 years, the people of India have given them the opportunity to reign for more than 50 years. The Congress and the BJP have let the country down,” according to KTR.

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