Yes or No to Prashant Kishor? Congress meeting today after KCR

Prashant Kishor has officially severed ties with IPAC, but he is known to be knowledgeable about his decisions. file

New Delhi: The Congress high command will hold a crucial meeting today to decide whether it will accept election strategist Prashant Kishor’s proposal to revive the grand old party ahead of the 2024 general elections.

This is being considered as the last meeting of the party high command on the proposal of Mr. Kishor and a decision is expected on it today.

Besides party chief Sonia Gandhi, members of the seven-member committee, which submitted a report to Mr Kishor’s proposal to him, are expected to be present at the crucial meeting beginning around 11 am.

The committee is headed by former Union Minister P Chidambaram and senior leaders KC Venugopal, Mukul Wasnik, Ambika Soni, Jairam Ramesh, Digvijay Singh and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and senior leader AK Antony are also expected to be present in the meeting.

The election strategist has had three meetings with the Congress leadership so far, during which he has given a detailed presentation on his plan to rejuvenate the party after a series of electoral defeats over the years.

However, a section of Congress stalwarts have been wary of partnering with the election strategist, because of their affiliations with several parties that are rivals to the Congress.

Such voices are likely to intensify after Mr Kishor’s two-day stay with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s contract with political advisory firm I-PAC for the 2023 state elections.

While Mr. Kishor has officially terminated his relationship with IPAC, he is informed of all the decisions of the organization he previously led.

Mr. Rao’s party is in a direct contest with the Congress in the Telangana Assembly elections and hence, Mr. Kishor’s weekend stay in Hyderabad may take a toll on the Congress meeting today.

Party sources have previously indicated that Mrs Gandhi wants a special team set up to evaluate Mr Kishor’s proposal to break away from all other political parties and devote herself entirely to the Congress.

Sources have also said that Mr Kishor had suggested that the Congress forge alliances with regional forces, including Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi.

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