WITH VARANASI, poll strategist Prashant Kishor Wednesday kick-started the first round of district-wise consultation to set the Congress’ strategy for 2017 Assembly elections. Having asked district units to submit names of at least 20 workers from their assembly constituencies, Kishor pointed out how some constituencies in Varanasi could not submit details of even a single worker.
He warned leaders of “personally ensuring” their candidature won’t move forward if they failed to act on the tasks set by him, adding that their pleas would not be heard by anyone in the top brass.
He told leaders that the UP Congress Committee would soon pass an order asking all those seeking tickets to give details of at least 250 workers from their respective assembly. While there are 8-10 claimants from each assembly seat, Kishor said only those who submit the list of workers would be considered.
Quoting from the report submitted to him, Kishor said that not a single worker’s name has come from Azgara and Shivpuri constituencies of Varanasi and asked the district president to ensure that at least 20 names are sent from these two constituencies.
Kishor further listed Congress’ shortcomings in poll planning in the past, saying the party had been committing the error of concentrating its entire planning around candidates and on areas where it was already strong.
Citing Gujarat’s example, Kishor said that during the third assembly elections contested by Narendra Modi, Congress leaders took their president Sonia Gandhi for a rally in the region where the party was already strong.
“I do not have any rocket science to ensure your victory. For that, you would need to work at the ground level with sincerity,” Kishor told Congress leaders from Varanasi. As several leaders claimed that “groupism” and “internal differences” have failed Congress, Kishor said, “Differences were there 20 years ago and would remain in the future as well. Since party comprises people with different opinions, differences are bound to occur but they cannot be excuse for not working,” he said.
Asking leaders not to see the “cause and affect” in things they have been asked to do and not to link everything with securing more votes, Kishor cited the example of wrestling. He said that while there is no direct link between drinking milk and winning a match, one needs to have a strong body to wrestle and milk is required to develop a strong body.