NEW DELHI: Eyeing a comeback in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday met election strategist Prashant Kishor who gave a detailed presentation to her on the strategy the party should adopt to revive its fortunes.
The meeting was held at 10 Janpath, the residence of Sonia Gandhi and was also attended by senior party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ajay Maken, and Ambika Soni.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Venugopal said, “Prashant Kishor has given a detailed presentation on the 2024 election to the Congress president and some of the senior colleagues. The plan given by Kishor will be looked into by a small group of leaders.”
The group will give its recommendations to Sonia Gandhi within a week, he said. Sources in the party told The New Indian that the committee will be formed by Saturday evening itself.
Kishor, who is speculated to join the grand old party, explained the strategy to the senior Congress leaders for three hours, a party source informed.
Sonia Gandhi called a high-level meeting of senior party leaders during the day here to discuss its recent poll debacle and induction of election strategist Prashant Kishor among many other crucial issues.
Kishor earlier worked with Congress in the 2017 assembly polls in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. He was in talks with the senior leadership for his entry in 2020.
Since last year, Kishor had been critical of the Congress leadership. During the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in October last year, when party general secretary and Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi was detained on her way to the violence site, Kishor, taking a jibe at the party, had said that there was “no quick fix solutions” to revive the grand old party.
“People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of GOP led opposition based on Lakhimpur Kheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP,” he had tweeted.
In December, he once again targeted the Congress in a tweet: “The IDEA and SPACE that Congress represents is vital for a strong opposition. But Congress’ leadership is not the DIVINE RIGHT of an individual especially, when the party has lost more than 90% elections in last 10 years. Let opposition leadership be decided Democratically.”
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