Party needs leadership’: Prashant Kishor declines offer to join Congress

Political strategist Prashant Kishor has declined the Congress’s offer to join the party as a member of a committee on Tuesday.

After declining the offer, he took to Twitter and said, “I declined the generous offer of Congress to join the party as part of the EAG (Empowered Action Group) 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,” Kishore added.

Congress had proposed that Prashant Kishor join its ‘EAG’ which would work on the party’s campaign for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

“Following a presentation and discussions with Shri Prashant Kishor, Congress President has constituted a 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 suggestion given to party,” senior party leader Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

His rejection comes after a series of meetings with party president Sonia Gandhi and senior leaders in Delhi, during which a committee was formed by Gandhi to evaluate the strategist’s plan and submit a report.

In the recent weeks, the poll strategist had at least three meetings with the grand old party about the leadership, during which he had given detailed presentations on his plan to rejuvenate Congress reeling under a series of massive losses over the past few years.

In 2021, Prashant Kishor and the Gandhis held several rounds of talks on building a consolidated front for the 2024 national polls and there were indications that he would join the party. However, it did not work out due to some disagreements between the two sides, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi revealed, this year.

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