Tough time ahead for Prashant Kishor in Punjab
The Grand old party, Congress is leaving no stone unturned ahead of Punjab polls which are scheduled in early next year. For the simple reason of ‘dreaming’ victory, PPCC President Captain Amarinder Singh had recruited well-known election strategist Prashant Kishor to steer the party’s campaign in the state.
It is well known to the masses that Prashant Kishor was the man behind the victory of Narendra Modi led BJP in general elections in 2014.
With suspension of Bir Devinder by Captain Amarinder Singh, it is now open in public that Punjab Congress has been combating with the internal rift between the top Congress leadership and party workers. In Punjab elections, a tough battles lies ahead of Prashant Kishor due to serious leadership arising in wake of factionalism within the state unit of Congress.
Rajya Sabha nomination
Before announcing the nominations for Rajya Sabha elections, Captain wanted to rope in popular Punjabi Sufi singer and a Dalit leader Hans Raj Hans.
All seemed well until Shamsher Singh Dullo, another senior Dalit leader, rebelled and staked his claim for the party ticket. Hours before the nominations were to be closed, the Congress high command announced that Dullo would be the party nominee and not Hans Raj Hans, thus putting Amarinder Singh in a highly embarrassing situation and leading Hans to say that he was backstabbed.
Newcomer Prashant in Congress
Newborn baby of Punjab Congress Prashant Kishor has to his credit scripting the victory of Narender Modi led BJP in general elections in 2014.
Narendra Modi’s party had no leadership issues and entire BJP team of ministers supported Narendra Modi’s candidature and forming the stable government. It was quite easy for Prashant to guide the party through elections, as the party was united. But, Punjab Congress scene is entirely different.
It would not be wrong to say that Prashant Kishor has a difficult task on his hands because of the lack of unity in Punjab unit of Congress. The party has been embroiling itself in one avoidable controversy after another and its leaders have been speaking in different tones.