Prashant Kishor out, Ghulam Nabi Azad designs Congress’ 2nd round of UP election campaign: Report

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Updated: December 15, 2016 11:31:30 AM

Election strategist Prashant Kishor is reportedly out of favour in the Congress now.

 prashant kishor, ghulam nabi azad, congress, up assembly election, congress news, rahul gandhi, uttar pradesh, up news, financial expressPrashant Kishor’s role as a Congress strategist was not very much appreciated by the party leaders. (PTI)

Election strategist Prashant Kishor is reportedly out of favour in the Congress now. According to a report in The Indian Express, the party has kept Kishor out of the planning exercise for the second leg of the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh after the Winter Session of Parliament.

The Congress is also in talks with the Samajwadi Party for a pre-poll alliance in UP. However, both parties have not been able to reach to any decision because of differences on seat sharing and Congress has decided to go ahead with its second leg of election campaign. According to some reports, SP is offering just 50-60 seats to the Congress but the later had initially demanded at least 100 seats.

“If the BJP is to be stopped, all secular parties have to come together. It is not the responsibility of the Congress alone. Regional parties should also think on the same lines,” a senior Congress leader told IE.

On Wednesday, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav had claimed that SP-Congress alliance, if it happens, will win over 300 seats in the upcoming assembly election.

According to a report, the Congress is expecting a demonetisation backlash against the BJP in UP. For this, the party has kept a back channel open for reaching a pre-poll alliance or an understanding with the SP ahead of the Assembly election.

For now, the Congress has planned that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, CM candidate Sheila Dikshit and state Congress president Raj Babbar will hold public meetings in different parts of the state. However, there is no clarity on the role to be played by Priyanka Gandhi in the CPngress campaign, reports IE.

Kishor’s role as a Congress strategist was not very much appreciated by the party leaders. To his credit, Kishor had designed the controversial Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Khat Sabha’ recently. However, the Congress-Kishor alliance reached a breaking point after the strategist reportedly got close to the SP.

IE reports that Congress UP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad has planned the party’s second leg of the campaign.

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