Election strategist Prashant Kishor, after continued deliberations with the Congress party, has rejected the offer to join the party as part of its “Empowered Action Group” expected to address the political challenges ahead of the 2024 national polls.
“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,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
Kishor was keen to join the Congress and had desired to do so without any expectations. He had also made a presentation to the party on which its top leaders deliberated during the last week. Media reports suggested that his move to decline the party membership comes after the party’s refusal to give him a free hand to operate.
News agency PTI reported that the reason for his not joining the Congress was the pact signed by his company I-PAC with TRS for the Telangana assembly elections and that was viewed by the Congress leadership as a conflict of interest.
Kishor has been engaged by Mamata Banerjee’s TMC in West Bengal as well as Nitish Kumar’s JD-U in Bihar for election management.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had invited poll strategist Prashant Kishor to join the party and be a part of its ‘Empowered Action Group-2024’ to evolve a strategy for the general elections but he has declined the offer, the party said.