The Group of 23 (G-23) leaders in the Congress party are strongly against the inclusion of poll strategist Prashant Kishor, India Today TV has learned. The group, which met at former Union minister Kapil Sibal’s residence on Monday on the occasion of the Janmashtami festival, is apprehensive of ‘outsourcing’ key poll-related decision-making.
Interestingly, some leaders, who are said to be supportive of Prashant Kishor’s entry into the Congress, were also present during the meeting.
India Today TV has learned that there are strong reservations among a section of leaders in the Congress over Prashant Kishor’s planned induction. The G-23 leaders, who picked up a feud with the Gandhi family two years ago over organisational revamp of the party, are said to be strongly against doling out undue favours to Prashant Kishor in lieu of his services.
According to sources, the G-23 leaders met at Kapil Sibal’s residence on Monday to discuss the move to induct Prashant Kishor and appoint him to the post of general secretary.
“His proposal for organisational overhaul and a high-powered committee to run day-to-day affairs of the party are being discussed among senior leaders, we did the same,” said a senior leader who was part of the meeting.
“We have seen Prashant Kishor in Uttar Pradesh, his success is case-specific,” said the leader. “Any proposal to include him into party fold should be discussed in the Congress Working Group as and when it meets,” he added.
Senior leaders AK Antony and Ambika Soni have been tasked with preparing a report based on the views of party leaders over Prashant Kishor.
Another senior leader who was present at the meeting was of the opinion that the group should not rush to any conclusion. “We should wait for the views of other leaders and then push for our stand on the issue, I am sure there are a lot of others who feel the same,” he told the group.
Apart from Kapil Sibal, those present during the meeting included Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, among others.