NEW DELHI: Putting an end to all speculations, the Congress party on Tuesday said that the poll strategist Prashant Kishor has “declined” its offer to join the party.
The development came a day after Congress announced to constitute an Empowered Action Group-2024 to address the political challenges it is facing.
“Following a presentation and discussions with Prashant Kishor, Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) has constituted an Empowered Action Group 2024 and invited him to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility. He declined. We appreciate his efforts and suggestions given to the party,” Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Following a presentation & discussions with Sh. Prashant Kishor, Congress President has constituted a Empowered Action Group 2024 & invited him to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility. He declined. We appreciate his efforts & suggestion given to party.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 26, 2022
Confirming the development, Kishor tweeted, “I declined the generous offer of Congress to join the party as part of the EAG and take responsibility for the elections.”
“In my humble opinion, more than me the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep rooted structural problems through transformational reforms,” he added.
I declined the generous offer of #congress to join the party as part of the EAG & take responsibility for the elections.
In my humble opinion, more than me the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep rooted structural problems through transformational reforms.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) April 26, 2022
He met Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ambika Soni and several other top leaders several times after he gave a detailed presentation to the Congress president on April 16.
Following his first meeting, he had given a series of presentations at the residence of Sonia Gandhi to several leaders of the party.
On Monday, the Grand Old Party announced that it will form an EAG-2024 to prepare for the Lok Sabha elections based on the report submitted by an eight-member committee on the recommendations made by Kishor to top party leaders.
Kishor, who had been instrumental in designing the poll campaigns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and AAP in Delhi, had given a detailed presentation to Congress leaders to prepare for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections on several occasions last week.
Kishor’s presentation to Sonia Gandhi suggested ways to revive the fortunes of the party for the next general elections.