Prashant Kishor Adds Caution Notice To Rahul-Priyanka Gandhi's UP Visit

Political strategist Prashant Kishor this morning signaled a fallout with the Congress in a tweet on the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur, which has made national headlines, as he said “there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of (the) GOP (Grand Old Party)”.

“People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of (the) GOP-led opposition based on #LakhimpurKheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP (sic)” Mr Kishor, 44, tweeted, as he referred to the detentions and arrests this week of top Congress leaders, protesting the eight deaths in the UP district.

On Sunday, eight people, including four farmers, were run over by a car amid demonstrations by farmers against the visit of Union Minister Ajay Mishra and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish – accused of murders by farmers – is yet to be arrested. He skipped the first police questioning today.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was arrested on Monday and several top party leaders were detained while they were on their way to Lakhimpur before Rahul Gandhi – with his sister – finally met the families of those killed on Wednesday. Sachin Pilot and Navjot Singh Sidhu were among the leaders detained while Chattishgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel held a sit-in at Lucknow airport on Tuesday.

With all top party leaders attacking the BJP ahead of the UP elections, Mr Kishor suggested the Congress’s revival is not yet on the cards in a sharp criticism of the party’s functioning.

In July, speculation had intensified of Mr Kishor joining the Congress as he visited the Gandhis in Delhi. At that time, a bigger role for Mr Kishor – who has led many successful election campaigns in the past –  was reportedly discussed. However, some leaders had objected to him being given a key role – ahead of assembly elections in five states next year and 2024 Lok Sabha polls – because of his image, which was limited to managing polls.

In May, in an exclusive interview to NDTV, Mr Kishor had said he wanted to “take a break”. “I do not want to continue what I am doing. I have done enough. It is time for me to take a break and do something else in life. I want to quit this space,” Mr Kishor had said.


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