“Immediately after taking over the reigns of Punjab unit of Congress party, its chief strategist, Prashant Kishor faced major revolt within party in the wake of nomination for Rajya Sabha. The party might have able to douse the fire by going with majority views but Prashant Kishore faces the daunting task of handling Punjab Congress troubled with infighting.”
Congress Party might be hoping that Prashant Kishor would turn around things and would anchor the sinking ship of Congress in Punjab. But, in wake of internal feud and growing differences with party high command, he faces the daunting task of galvanizing the state unit, which seemed to have reduced to various splinter groups.
Revolt within party over Rajya Sabha nomination
Apparently Senior Congress leaders had opposed the party’s decision to name Singer-turned-Congress leader, Hans Raj Hans, as its Rajya Sabha candidate, by lodging their protests to the high command against him.
The party came close to nominating Hans and former Punjab Congress president, Partap Singh Bajwa, but had to defer the announcement in the eleventh hour, following the strong protests by the leaders of the Ravidassia community against Hans.
Cover up by party high command
Party insiders feel that the senior leaders did not want any controversy within the party in the election year. AICC president Sonia Gandhi had cleared the names and asked general secretary in charge Shakeel Ahmad to make an announcement. But, she had to put on hold the announcement after former state president, Shamsher Singh Dullo, supported by several other dalit leaders lodged a strong protest.
It must be noted that Captain had lobbied hard for the inclusion of Hans Raj Hans’ name for the nomination of upper house but high command had to change its decision in the last minute facing protest from within the party against Hans who was just 15 days old in the party.
In such scenario, Prashant Kishor has a daunting task ahead of him, who on one side faces Captain Amarinder known for his autocratic style of functioning and rising revolt against him and party high command.