New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi on Friday admitted that there was a big possibility of Poll Strategist Prashant Kishor joining the Congress party last year. She said further that due to some reasons 'it didn't work out,' and she denied that it had anything to do with bringing an outsider into the party.
"I think it did not work out for multiple reasons. Some on his part, some on our part. I wouldn't want to get into the details of that. Broadly there was an inability to agree on certain issues, which sort of impeded the discussion from moving forward," Priyanka Gandhi said.
Emphatically denying that it had anything to do with a reluctance to bring an outsider into the Congress, she countered, "Had there been that reluctance, there wouldn't have been so many discussions".
The possibility of Prashant Kishor - aka "PK" - joining the Congress was real, admitted Priyanka Gandhi. "At some point yes. It did not work out."
The Poll Strategist had several rounds of talks with the Congress leaders, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, and Sonia Gandhi last year. The images of the Prashant Kishor going to Rahul Gandhi's home sparked wild speculation. His entry into the Congress was said to be all but done.
Reports of a breakdown in negotiations emerged alongside a series of pungent attacks by Prashant Kishor, who publicly said it was not the "divine right of any individual" to lead the Congress, "especially when the party has lost more than 90 percent of the elections in the last 10 years."
Prashant has made it clear that he believes that the Congress party has a role to be played in opposition ahead of the 2024 national election, but not under the current leadership.
His collaboration with the Congress for the 2017 UP polls had flopped miserably; the BJP swept to power, decimating the Akhilesh Yadav-Congress alliance. It was not all bad - the Congress did win in Punjab, where Amarinder Singh had PK's help.