New Delhi, May 2: Once considered Congress’ prime ministerial candidate, the party vice president Rahul Gandhi may be picked up as its chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. The suggestion has come from Prashant Kishore – the poll strategist with a midas touch ahead of the key elections.
Prashant Kishore feels that the only way to bring reeling Congress on winning track is to make people believe that Rahul Gandhi can lead them to victory in an election. He also suggested that the idea should be experimented in upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls. If Rahul denies, then his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should lead the Congress in UP, proposed Kishore. He feels that former Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit should be the face of Congress if Gandhi siblings refuse to lead. (ALSO READ: Does Rahul Gandhi know his job in Congress party?)
Prashant Kishore, who had successfully managed poll campaign for Narendra Modi in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and Nitish Kumar in Bihar Assembly Elections, often makes strategy around personalities. He believes that projecting a face could help galvanise the party workers. He mainly promoted Modi more than BJP in the 2014 general elections and brought victory for them. He banked on Nitish Kumar’s fair image in Bihar and played key role in Grand Alliance’s landslide victory in Bihar.
Rahul Gandhi who in the past had refused to hold any minsterial or key post in government when Congress was in power, has asked for few days to take a decision on Kishore’s suggestion. The selection of Rahul or Priyanka could benefit as well as harm the Congress, a report in India Today said.
After ruling for ten years, Congress’ number took major dip. Congress not only lost power but won just 41 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Moreover, it is not a major player in Uttar Pradesh too. Out of the 355 seats on which Congress contested, it won in 28 constituencies.
Rahul has never handled any ministerial post and led any election campaign. Picking inexperienced Rahul could be a risk for Congress. Rahul is also named in National Herald case. Chances would be brighter if Congress makes Priyanka its face as she enjoys a rather clean image except his husband Robert Vadra’s controversial land deal.