Party leader Sonia Gandhi met with election strategist Prashant Kishor late last night to plan for the next round of assembly elections this year and the next general election. There was a rumour that he might join the party, so the meeting was significant.
The Congress is considering a proposal from Mr Kishor about getting the party back on track before 2024 and planning for the general elections in that year, too.
Their second meeting in three days. On Saturday, Mr Kishor gave a very detailed presentation about Mission 2024 to a group of Congress leaders interested in it.
Press Trust of India says that at today’s meeting, they talked about the elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh that are coming up later this year and the state elections in Karnataka and other states next year.
This evening, at her home, Mrs Gandhi met with a team from her party who will look at the Mission 2024 plan.
In the meeting, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, her daughter and the party’s General Secretary, and other senior party leaders Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Singh Surjewala, KC Venugopal, and Ambika Soni were all there. The group will report on the matter in a week.
During the rest of this month, Congress members can respond to Mr Kishor’s plan for the party to run in 370 seats in the next general election and to form strategic alliances in certain states.
In Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Odisha, Mr Kishor has said that Congress should fight alone but form alliances with other parties in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Maharashtra, which Rahul Gandhi has agreed to, according to unnamed sources.
People in the party aren’t happy with Kishore’s plans because he helped Mamata Banerjee, Jagan Mohan Reddy, and K Chandrashekar Rao win state elections with help from his group, IPAC. Bengal and Andhra Pradesh had both won by Ms Banerjee and Mr Reddy. Congress had been wiped out by both of them, as well.
Last year, Mr Kishor’s plan to join the party didn’t work out because of the election results in Bengal, so he didn’t join.