Maverick poll tactician Prashant Kishor, in his first meeting with state Congress leaders in Lucknow on Thursday, asked them to be clear about two facts: that the party’s “main target is the BJP” and that he has not come to just increase its numbers but to help Congress form the government in Uttar Pradesh next year. Unlike the recent meeting in Delhi, where Kishor only listened to suggestions and views of senior party leaders from UP, on Thursday he asked district and city presidents to ensure that Congress leaders contest the 2017 polls with the confidence they can win.
He also gave them tasks, which included filling up a 12-page feedback form by March end. The form, besides other information, seeks views of district and city units on “three main reasons for good performance of BJP in the region”. Kishor further asked them to identify at least 20 workers in every Assembly constituency, who would be ready to dedicate the next six months to the Congress without any condition.