Prashant Kishor, the poll strategist who has been hired by the Congress to revive its fortunes in 2017 Uttar Pradesh polls, has claimed that he will create a “Modi like wave” for the Congress in UP.
“March se kaam shuru kiya. Che mahine mein to pura desh ‘Modi Modi’ ho gaya (I started the work in March and in six months the whole country was chanting Modi’s name),” Kishor said while addressing a gathering of about 600 block presidents of Congress in Lucknow. The BJP had won a massive victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections winning 282 of the 543 seats.
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He also asked the block presidents to complete the formation of block-level committee and prepare the list of issues that can be included in the party. He also asked them to suggest probable names of candidates by passing a resolution in next 10 days.
He said that after forming the committees, he’ll ensure that (Congress) vice-president (Rahul Gandhi) personally comes here to meet you and you do not have to take rounds in Delhi.
When workers said they do not have offices at block level, Kishor told the block presidents: “You give me details about the address of the house, building or land with its rent and I will arrange an office for you.”
Kishor is formulating assembly-wise strategy for around 60 constituencies of eastern UP, including Varanasi, Allahabad and Gorakhpur divisions. Seven teams, set up by Kishor, have started conducting surveys in 14 divisions, and the plan is to begin poll preparations with these constituencies first while focusing on caste combinations on each seat.
Meanwhile, amid growing demand from party workers in UP to actively engage Priyanka in the 2017 campaign, Kishor reportedly asked the party national leadership to bring in Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for campaigning.
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According to a senior UP Congress leader, Kishor has a team of about 350 paid members who are touring different places, getting the ground-level feedback and identify prospective Congress candidates.