congress: Congress downplays breakdown in Prashant Kishor talks, says ‘doors open’ | India News
Faced with questions if the party’s chapter with Kishor was closed, and why the talks had failed, Congress spokesman Pawan Khera, in an indirect answer, said, “The doors and windows of Congress party are always open.”
It appeared an olive branch to the pollster a day after the shocking snapping of talks following days of public spectacle of presentations by Kishor and party’s internal discussions on his proposals. The two were in talks about Kishor joining Congress, and the party had indicated that it was a high possibility.
The relatively soft reply sought to address the public debate that was kicked off by Kishor’s remark that he had turned down Congress offer to join the party, and that Congress needed “leadership” and “will” to carry out structural reforms to revive itself. Kishor’s parting comment left the impression that Congress was not willing to entertain reforms to speed up internal processes and decision making, and spruce up the organisational machine despite its political fortunes continuing to slide, as he had argued in his presentation.
Khera played down queries about Kishor by saying that Congress was bigger than individuals, and its values had made it the top party of the country over the years. Asked about reforms, the spokesman said, “Whenever Congress has left, or has been distracted from, the politics of struggle and agitation, it has lost power. We know how to return to the path of struggle. A big party, like a big vehicle. takes time to manoeuvre even if it is course correction. But Congress and its workers know their responsibility. We will have to return to the path of struggle.”
On Tuesday, Congress announced that party chief Sonia Gandhi had invited Kishor to the join the newly announced “empowered action group 2024” to address the political challenges ahead, but the pollster had declined to accept the offer.