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Decoding Prashant Kishore Strategic Meetings with Gandhis

The polling strategist Prashant Kishor met on Thursday with Congressmen Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and reportedly discussed “anything that’s greater than the next 2024 national elections.”

In the beginning, Rahul Gandhi was supposed to be present at Prashant Kishor’s meeting in the Congress house in Delhi with his sister Priyanka on Tuesday evening. Her mother, Sonia Gandhi, participated in the talks through a virtual network, according to the sources.

According to reports, this was not a question of Punjab or Uttar Pradesh, but of something “slightly larger” – an indication that Prashant Kishor could play a significant role in preparing for the Lok Sabha Elections in 2024.

Previous reports linked the Kishor-Gandhi meeting to the congressional upheaval in Punjab, where the Party is attempting to mediate peace between the two top leaders – Minister Amarinder Singh and his rival Navjot Singh Sidhu – before next year’s elections.

This is not the first time Mr. Kishor has met with Congress’ first family; the talks raise the possibility that, following his harrowing experiences during the 2017 elections, Mr. Kishor – a figure of transformation at several elections and for many regional leaders – will meet with Congress.

Mr. Kishor last worked with Congress during his failed election campaign in Uttar Pradesh in 2017. The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance failed, and the BJP came into power

Mr. Kishor had publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with Congress’ mode of operation and apparent stagnation in his otherwise impressive record, a problem that the party has faced in most elections since then.

Mr. Kishor and Sharad Pawar both stated at the time that there could be no alliance against the BJP without a Congress, the only opposition party with a pan-India presence.

Kishor had speculated in his two consecutive sessions in favor of a joint opposition strategy to take on the BJP in 2024 with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. A meeting at Sharad Pawar’s home was added to the bubble, which was led by former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha. Congress did not attend the well-attended Rashtra Manch Conference.

However, the Strategist has so far rejected any opposition coalition joining the BJP in the next general election. “I don’t think a Third or Fourth Front could be a viable challenge to the current regime,” he said.