NEW DELHI: Days after poll strategist Prashant Kishor presented a roadmap for the revival of the Congress, party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday said that the party had constituted a committee to look into Kishor’s suggestions and also called its two chief ministers to meet with him.
Speaking to the media, Surjewala said, “Sonia Gandhi has constituted a small committee to look into the various suggestions given by Kishor as also by certain very experienced people in the party.”
He said that the suggestions include ways and means to strengthen the Congress organization and connect it with the masses and preparations for elections leading up to 2024.
“Those suggestions also include attempts and measures to reflect the pain of the people of India, their agony, and also how to reflect aspirations of a forward-looking, growing India,” he said.
Surjewala further said that Congress organisation must adapt to all these changes and that’s why this committee had been holding deliberations for the last three days on the various suggestions given by Kishor. He said that the committee was also deliberating suggestions given to the Congress president by various seasoned leaders.
His remarks came after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel met Sonia Gandhi earlier on Wednesday to discuss Kishor’s suggestions.
Commenting on the presence of party’s two chief ministers in the meeting, Surjewala said, “Because our two chief ministers are very experienced, they have organisational and administrative experience, that’s why the committee thought it fit to request them to come today, join the deliberations and give suggestions.”
He said that the party had “a fruitful round of discussions with both Gehlot and Baghel”.
“These deliberations have been held over the last three days. We propose to conclude these deliberations over the next 48 to 72 hours,” he added.
Kishor had met Sonia Gandhi on Saturday and gave a detailed presentation that lasted for more than three hours on ways to revive the fortunes of the grand old party for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Since then, several top party leaders met Kishor at Gandhi’s residence four times in the last five days.