The Congress has lost more than 90 per cent elections in the last 10 years and its leadership is “not the divine right” of an individual, poll strategist Prashant Kishor said today in his sharpest attack yet on Rahul Gandhi, with whom he was in talks just months ago. The strike comes on top of Mamata Banerjee’s swipes at the Congress leader in Mumbai last evening.
“The IDEA and SPACE that #Congress represents is vital for a strong opposition. But Congress’ leadership is not the DIVINE RIGHT of an individual especially, when the party has lost more than 90% elections in last 10 years. Let opposition leadership be decided Democratically,” Prashant Kishor tweeted this afternoon.
The IDEA and SPACE that #Congress represents is vital for a strong opposition. But Congress’ leadership is not the DIVINE RIGHT of an individual especially, when the party has lost more than 90% elections in last 10 years.
Let opposition leadership be decided Democratically.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) December 2, 2021
The savage hit at Rahul Gandhi, 51, adds to a growing stack of comments challenging the Gandhis’ leadership of the Congress, both internally and from the opposition.
Yesterday, Mamata Banerjee had said in an interaction in Mumbai: “If one does nothing and is abroad half the time, then how will one do politics? For politics there should be continuous endeavour.”
Prashant Kishor has been dropping truth bombs on the Gandhis ever since the collapse of his talks with the party.
Sources say the strategist believes the Congress may well expect to play big brother in any opposition strategy for the 2024 national election but not under its current leadership. It is time for the party to act responsibly, say sources close to Mr Kishor.
In October, Mr Kishor had said in Goa that the BJP is not going anywhere for “many decades” and the problem with Rahul Gandhi is that he does not realise it.
“BJP is going to be the centre of Indian polity… whether they win, whether they lose, like it was for the first 40 years for Congress. BJP is going nowhere…. That is where the problem lies with Rahul Gandhi probably. He thinks it’s just a matter of time that people will throw him away. That’s not happening,” he had said.
The ace strategist has also pointed at “deep-rooted problems and structural weaknesses” in the Congress and sought to “caution” anyone who believed that Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s move to meet the families of the farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh – and their widely-reported confrontation with the police – meant a “quick, spontaneous revival” of a Congress-led opposition.
Weeks after Mamata Banerjee’s victory in the April-May Bengal election, Mr Kishor met with the Gandhis for a role in the Congress. But soon there were reports of a breakdown in those negotiations because Mr Kishor wanted a free hand to overhaul the party.