After having proved his track record with the electoral successes in Bengal, Punjab and Tamil Nadu, it looks like the political strategist Prashant Kishor is likely to help Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) in the next elections. If the reports in media were to be believed, Kishor’s team had a closed door meeting with Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and it was mainly to help TRS sail through the next assembly elections in 2023!
According to sources at Pragathi Bhavan, a group of people from Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), the company floated by Prashant Kishor and which works on building strategies for political parties, met up with KCR for a probable collaboration. It is being said that this was not the first meeting, the TRS chief had several meetings with the team and discussed in length about various aspects. Now things might have been finalised, said the sources.
It is being said that KCR had assigned them few works to start with. One is to conduct survey on the political scenario in the state and another is to survey on the response from the people with regards to welfare schemes introduced by the government.
The I-PAC functions as a parallel machinery and power centre, and it has become so powerful that even senior bureaucrats and ministers are scared of the agency, which, for all practical purposes, is an extra-Constitutional authority and wields power without responsibility.
Started as Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG) in 2013, I-PAC has brought some of the best minds from diverse academic and professional backgrounds together and provided them with a unique opportunity to become a part of the election process and influence policy making in India. I-PAC works with visionary leaders with a proven track record. In the process, the group helps them set a citizen-centric agenda and partners with them to conceptualize and implement the most effective methods of taking it to the public and gathering mass support.
Meanwhile it is being said that KCR was only interested in the surveys and he wanted to strategise himself for his party based on the reports and feedback they get through the surveys. KCR was looking at understanding the public mood and how the party was being received by general public after seven years of governance. But close sources to the CM say that after these surveys, KCR might consider to take other services from Prashant Kishor and his team!