Poll strategists make headlines as KCR ropes in I-PAC
After the Congress brought Prashant Kishor in, Telangana CM KCR has inked a deal with I-PACStrategizing with election victory as goal had turned professionally driven over the past few years. While the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have done things as per their requirements earlier too, the age of professional poll push may be seen as having dawned in full spirit, of late.Going by the Congress party’s keenness on roping in proven strategist Prashant Kishor to aid its comeback in the upcoming elections, it looks like the parties have realised that mere politicking and talking voters into voting for them wouldn’t just be enough.Kishor is said to have launched himself into action to make sure that the Congress party is vibrant again to reap electoral benefits. The Congress top brass would of course do anything to keep him by their side for long. Meanwhile, down south, in Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s party has inked a deal with political consultant I-PAC to help it win the Assembly polls scheduled for next year.KCR camp abuzz with I-PAC newsSignificantly, I-PAC was once led by Prashant Kishor. And, this is ruffling a few feathers in the Congress camp. This is because Kishor, who had officially ended his ties with I-PAC long ago, is said to be privy to all the decisions of the organisation even now. This could be why Kishor was reportedly spotted at CM Rao’s official residence in Hyderabad since Saturday.Now that the contract between Rao’s party and I-PAC official, certain veteran leaders of the Congress are a worried lot. They are not okay with Prashant Kishor associating with parties in direct competition with the Congress. Though his association with Rao may not be much of an issue, the Congress would not want Kishor to help out Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress or Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress.Kishor moots Congress tie-up with KCRAn NDTV report in the meantime said that Kishor has told the Congress that he would suggest the party contest 370 seats in the 2024 elections. Importantly, the poll strategist has also mooted tie-ups with regional leaders including Mamata Banerjee and KCR. This suggestion could again be a matter of concern for regional leaders of the Congress, in West Bengal and Telangana.So, in the coming days, it would be more of a strategy debate than just electoral political battle talk. Polls strategies and the ties with outfits that control the party agendas could get more headline space.