Amid speculations of Prashant Kishor joining Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) ropes in consultancy firm Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), associated with political strategist Prashant Kishor, to lead its poll campaign for the 2023 state elections.
As per reports, the poll strategist visited Hyderabad on Saturday and stayed at the Chief Minister’s official residence overnight. It is also said that prior to the announcement, Prashant Kishor had been holding meetings with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
I-PAC’s Rishi Singh will be operating from Hyderabad to handle the TRS campaign, India Today reported.
The signing of the contract between TRS and I-PAC comes amid talks of Prashant Kishor Joining Congress with an extensive plan to rejuvenate the Grand Old Party.
Prashant Kishor was approached by Congress after their defeat in Uttar Pradesh and other state elections. Kishor is said to have held three meetings so far with Congress in which he has made detailed presentations about his plans. He has also given Congress a May 2 deadline for a decision.
Party chief Sonia Gandhi, in consultation with a team of veterans and Rahul Gandhi, is likely to come to a decision at a crucial meeting scheduled on Monday.
Even though talks are on, many Congress veteran leaders have been wary of an association with Kishor, in view of his advisory role to opposition parties namely Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress.
With inputs from News18