1. Assembly Election Results 2017: After Congress plunges to historic low, Prashant Kishor puts all blame on Rahul

Assembly Election Results 2017: After Congress plunges to historic low, Prashant Kishor puts all blame on Rahul

The blame game has already started in Congress party with Prashant Kishore the chief strategist for Congress party in Uttar Pradesh said that he was not given a free hand and also that the Uttar Pradesh debacle could be blamed on Rahul's coterie.

By: | Updated: March 12, 2017 1:25 PM
Prashant Kishor was explaining the reasons for his debacle in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, where the Congress has been reduced to ashes. (Express Photo)

The blame game has already started in Congress party with Prashant Kishor the chief strategist for Congress party in Uttar Pradesh said that he was not given a free hand and also that the Uttar Pradesh debacle could be blamed on Rahul’s coterie. Prashant Kishor was reacting to the messages Congress has been sending out to him that for poll strategist Prashant Kishor, the time for basking in the glory of past achievements just got over.

Though the Congress registered a resounding victory in Punjab, the win was largely attributed to Captain Amarinder Singh’s charisma and the ten-year anti-incumbency factor against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP combine rather than Kishor’s campaign strategy. Kishor was explaining the reasons for his debacle in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, where the Congress has been reduced to ashes.

It was Kishor who had persuaded the Congress leadership to go in for an alliance with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and fight the assembly elections under outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav a move that backfired for both the alliance partners. Unlike his stint with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Kishor had a relatively tough assignment with the Congress.

Some say that Prashant Kishore may be right. As according to them, from the beginning, he remained a ‘persona non grata’ in the Congress. At the time of hiring Kishor early last year, Congress leaders had insisted his expertise is needed to help the party adapt to changes in the mode of campaign in the internet age with social media having assumed much significance.

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But Kishor found it difficult to implement all his ideas in the grand old party. A few of his suggestions that Rahul Gandhi be declared the party’s UP chief ministerial candidate and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should lead the campaign were rejected outright by the Congress leadership.

ON the other hand, a section in the Uttar Pradesh Congress had complained to the party high command about Kishor’s “autocratic style of functioning” and “unsolicited interference” in organisational matters, and cited his “unilateral decision” to summon the meetings of party office bearers.

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    bansi gopal
    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:30 am
    prashant kis or no prashant kis congress was destined to be reduced to ashes in UP and the results were in consonance with party's present state. The part which has RaGa as its mascot could not expect better
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      Pavan Kumar
      Mar 12, 2017 at 7:53 am
      Not only RG, his mad brigade too is responsible for humiliating defeat in UP. His parrots in one chorus heaped unpardonable & unparliamentary abuses on Modi finally nailed the party. Remember Sanjay Jha, Alok Sharma, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Shakeel Ahmed, Ajay Sharma, Surjewala, Azam Khan, Dimple Yadav & so on. I suggest & recommend them to be sent to Siberia camp for proper training in manners.
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      1. vak1962 A
        Mar 13, 2017 at 12:39 am
        Rahul made 1 rally in Punjab which made Congress 75 seats from 85. Had he did a couple more, it would have been a hung embly.
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