Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, has roped in political analyst Prashant Kishor for the next assembly and Lok Sabha elections, sources told Raisina Reports.
Telangana is scheduled to go to polls in December 2023, about six months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
The mandate of Kishor’s I-PAC would be to build the image of KCR who is currently on a mission to forge a credible alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The sources said Kishor’s team will look after the PR (public relations) and ground survey and not the political aspect of the campaign of KCR and his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
KCR will be one more addition to Kishor’s long list of prominent clients.
He has so far handled the campaigns of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and his YSR Congress Party, Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin and the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP),
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat apart from the BJP, the Congress and the Shiv Sena.
Kishor, was keen on joining the Congress last year, but his plans couldn’t fructify, had prompted Banerjee to venture into Goa. The move soured Banerjee’s relations with the Congress leadership, which saw the Trinamool Congress as a stumbling block in its bid to oust the BJP from power in Goa. Apparently, his interference in the party also caused the much rumoured rift between the Trinamool Congress supremo and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
Also, his strategy to project Banerjee as an alternative to Modi and his attempt to cobble together an anti-BJP front minus the Congress failed as many opposition parties felt that a grouping without the grand old party was a non-starter.
It is well-known that KCR too nurses national ambitions and is trying to project himself as the next Prime Minister.
But his efforts to cobble up an anti-BJP, anti-Congress third front soon after he retained power in the 2013 assembly elections in Telangana did not materialise and it was widely seen as a move to isolate the Congress and help the BJP. The TRS had till recently supported the government in the passage of all key bills in Parliament.
Reviving his unfinished agenda, KCR has once again embarked on the mission to bring all the opposition parties under one platform. He met Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) boss Sharad Pawar in Mumbai recently. He is likely to call a meeting of the opposition leaders in Delhi soon after the declaration of assembly election results in five states.