Master Strategist to Revive Congress in TS?

The grand old party is likely to rope in Prashanth Kishor for the job.

Published: 05th April 2016 04:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2016 04:39 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: He was the brain behind the Lok Sabha poll campaign of the BJP that gave a thumping victory to the party and crowned Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India.

He was also the strategist who scripted a perfect mandate for Nitish Kumar in Bihar Assembly elections in 2015. Now, the grand old party is planning to avail his services for its revival in Telangana to win the 2019 Assembly elections.

Master.jpgThe Congress is likely to rope in Prasanth Kishor, who scripted victory for BJP in Gujarat and at the Centre and for Nitish Kumar in Bihar, for taking on the ruling TRS, which has diminished all opposition parties in Telangana.

Jolted by the defection of party MLAs and MLCs to TRS and failure of its revival efforts, the Congress high command is keen to rope in Prasanth Kishor to bring the party back to power.

The Congress tried a come back and contested all elections and by-elections that were held after 2014 Assembly elections in Telangana. It lost miserably in Warangal LS by-election, Narayankhed assembly bypoll, GHMC elections and all elections to corporations and municipalities held recently.

The only face saving win was in the elections to local bodies constituencies for MLCs where it managed to win one seat each in Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar. In Ranga Reddy district, the party had chances to win one MLC seat but lack of coordination made it lose the seat. The party is also plagued by internal squabbles. “The high command waited for almost two years expecting that the party leaders will strike a chord and work unitedly. They know that the TPCC and CLP are not working in tandem and things are to be put in place to face the next elections,” a senior leader said.

The party high command wants to engage Prashant Kishor, known to be a master strategist, to revive the party.


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