Poll Strategist Prashant Kishore to Leave Punjab Congress Campaign ?
Amid of more and more controversies, there is no ray of hope in PPCC squad. Recently, the poll strategist Prashant Kishore, the mind behind the winning election campaigns for top-notch leaders Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar, may leave his latest assignment with the Congress if he is not been given a free hand soon, as per the sources.
After Nitish Kumar’s big win at Bihar in November, the Congress’ Rahul Gandhi roped in Mr. Kishor to work on his party campaigns in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. However, his appointment doesn’t go well with many other leaders in the camp as they take him as outsider and blame him to overstep his scope.
He faced confrontation at both Punjab and UP. In Punjab, Congress Captain Amarinder Singh accused him of overstepping his brief and even reminded him that ‘I (Amarinder) can run the party’ through a press-meet event.
While in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Kishor’s strategy that a new team should lead the Congress into 2017 elections has not found favorable response with many leaders. As per the sources to believe, he wants a team pack of big guns like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sheila Dixit and Kamal Nath. The new team is yet to be announced and it can further strain the relationship among Mr. Kishor and the party.
Mr. Kishor is been backed up by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. But it is also a truth that he has been sent a warning letter reminding him of that he was appointed as a strategist and will have no role to play in organization structure or any kind of ticket distribution.
Well, no full-proof statement is given by Prashant Kishor or his team. When asked for his comments, Kishor called it a ‘wild speculation’.
UP and Punjab, both the states are crucial to the Congress for resurgence as it loses states in assembly elections. So it is a do-or-die situation for Congress in the respective states.