HYDERABAD: While it is official now that the ruling TRS has signed an agreement with I-PAC headed by political strategist Prashant Kishor for the next Assembly elections, IT Minister and working president KT Rama Rao pointed out that Kishor would only augment the party's efforts and provide an objective outsider's view.
Kishor had a detailed discussion with TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday and Sunday, having spent the night at Pragathi Bhavan. Kishore also met some TRS leaders at a city hotel on Sunday afternoon.
In the evening, Rama Rao also met with Kishor. I-PAC will provide necessary inputs for the ruling TRS for the next Assembly elections. Speaking to reporters, Rama Rao confirmed that the pink party was utilising the services of I-PAC.
Prashant Kishor will help build TRS connect with youth: KT Rama Rao
Asked whether it would be a conflict of interest since Kishor was also assisting the nationwide Congress poll campaign, Rama Rao said that the TRS had entered into an agreement with I-PAC. But that did not mean PK could not collaborate with anyone else. He emphasised that the TRS had a strong base in the State and the I-PAC would only supplement its efforts.
"If a party does not have a strong base and voter support, no agency can help it win. Prashant Kishor's team would help boost the TRS' connect with youth in age group of 18- 30 since many voters were young when KCR became the CM. They only know KCR as the CM, I-PAC will help us take the message to the youth about KCR being the jaati pitah of Telangana and his struggles for statehood," he pointed out.
"They will boost our campaign through digital media. Please stop reading too much into the matter," he added. Stating that the CM was a great political strategist, he recalled that Modi and Mamata Banerjee too utilised the services of PK and wondered whether they had engaged I-PAC as they feared defeat.