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‘Lost Opportunity’: Sandeep Dikshit Blames ‘Self-Interest, Fear’ as Prashant Kishor Turns Down Offer to Join Cong

Underlining that the good part of the deliberations was that Congress had realised it needed an expert to win elections, Dikshit emphasised that Kishor would have been fruitful for the party. (PTI File)

Speaking to CNN-News18, the senior Congress leader said the unfortunate part was that those responsible for the mess in the party were given the task of negotiating with the election strategist

Prashant Kishor’s decision to not join the Congress is a lost opportunity and self-interest marred the election strategist’s chances of aligning with the Grand Old Party in the run-up to the 2024 elections, rued senior leader Sandeep Dikshit, who is also a part of the rebel G23 faction.

Speaking to CNN-News18, Dikshit also slammed those who negotiated with Kishor. “It is a lost opportunity for Congress party. The unfortunate part is that those responsible for the mess in the party were given the task of negotiating with PK,” Dikshit said.

He added: “I think most people in the committee [formed to study Kishor’s proposal to rejuvenate the Congress] kept self-interest before the party’s interest and that is why he denied the offer.”

On allegations that the strategist was also associated with other political parties, some of whom were in direct contest with the Congress, Dikshit said other people in Congress too “served other governments for bread and butter”. “He is a professional. His association with other parties is something that could have been worked out.”

Underlining that the good part of the deliberations was that Congress had realised it needed an expert to win elections, Dikshit emphasised that Kishor would have been fruitful for the party.

“Actually, people in Congress were also scared that if Prashant Kishor comes, the party will run professionally and he will distribute tickets on merit. No favouritism would have worked,” the Congress leader said.

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