Before Kishor’s tweet, senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced that Kishor was offered was offered a position in the empowered “group with a defined responsibility” but the poll strategist denied to accept it.
New Delhi: Ending days of speculations, political strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday said he is not joining Congress and has declined the party’s “generous offer” to him.
Taking to Twitter, Kishor wrote, “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.”
However, before Kishor’s tweet, senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced that Kishor was offered was offered a position in the empowered “group with a defined responsibility” but the poll strategist denied to accept it.
“Following a presentation & discussions with Sh. Prashant Kishor, Congress President has constituted a Empowered Action Group 2024 & invited him to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility. He declined. We appreciate his efforts & suggestion given to party,” Surjewala wrote on Twitter.
It is worth mentioning that over the last one month, Kishor met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and speculations were on that a strong deal would be struck between the two parties. Gandhi had also reportedly met top leaders of Congress to discuss the role of Kishor in the party once inducted.
Amid discussions, there were a section of leaders in the party that did not approve of Kishor’s joining the party mostly because of his proximity to Congress’s political opponents Mamata Banerjee and her party Trinamool Congress and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and his party YSR Congress.
It is also believed that Kishor did not approve that the party was not keen to give him a freehand to function. Known for his “big moves”, some party leaders also felt that Kishor might not be able to go along party lines on several counts.