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Is this what PK will do for KCR?

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Despite his tough exterior, KCR is a shaken man post Huzurabad election outcome. He has realised that the anti-incumbency is growing and the people are increasingly dissatisfied with his rule. Also, the people in his own party are showing signs of rebellion for the first time. Hence, he wants to have a clear idea of the public mood.

Hence, KCR is said to be planning to get surveys done in the state.

It is for this that KCR has reportedly requisitioned the services of the famed IPAC owned by Prashant Kishor. According to reports he wanted them to give him a true picture of the political situation in the state of Telangana. Based on the reports, KCR will take a call further using the IPAC services.

There are several issues on which KCR wants to understand the public perception. He wants to know about the Dalit Bandhu scheme, its efficacy in vote catching and its ability to turn the time in TRS’ favour. He also wants to know about the functioning of various welfare schemes. Similarly, he wants to know the public perception about the functioning of the government.

TRS insiders say that PK mighteven advise KCR on the right candidate for various constituencies. The Team PK had given similar advice to YS Jagan and Mamta Banerjee. In both cases, his assessment proved to be spot on. It helped both the parties to win their respective elections.

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Why did KCR meet Team PK? Will he take Prashant Kishor’s support to win elections?

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On Wednesday, Telangana CM KCR had a set of unusual guests. The guests, all young and hep, walked with their shining laptop bangs and swanky mobiles into Pragathi Bhavan and held a longish meeting with KCR. This seemingly innocuous meet has set off a flurry of speculations in the political circles. The reason? The team is from I PAC, the team that poll wizard Prashant Kishore runs and KCR needs them badly as he is suffering reverses galore.

The meeting was focused on the welfare and developmental measures that KCR is putting in place and also the decisions that the government is taking. The IPAC members have suggested surveys to assess the mood of the voters in the state. This meeting assumes importance as the state is just about 18 months away from the next assembly elections.

KCR, who is said to be worried about the waning popularity of his government, wants to understand the reasons for his failures. It is increasingly becoming clear that the anti-incumbency is picking pace. The government decisions are being roundly criticised and its policies questioned. He is also finding that the TRS is facing trouble from both within and outside. He also wants to know the impact of Eatala Rajender joining the BJP.

In fact, some time ago, KTR had a meeting with Prashant Kishore. This meeting came up at the same time when PK was holding his high profile meetings with Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra. Since then, there are rumours that the TRS might requisition his services. Interestingly, YS Sharmila is now being advised and assisted by Priya, a PK team member. Will PK himself advise KCR? Sources say that as of now the government only wants the survey support from Team PK. Further services would be decided based on the need, say sources.

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BJP not going anywhere, problem is with Rahul: Prashant Kishore

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Poll strategist Prashant Kishor has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party ‘is not going anywhere for many decades and the problem with Rahul Gandhi is that he thinks that the BJP will be overthrown by people’.

Kishor said this in Goa on Wednesday and a clip of his Q and A session has been shared in social media.

The statement comes at a time when the Trinamool is spreading itself outside Bengal, and is also a proof that the talks of Kishor’s entry into the Congress have ended.

He said that the BJP will be at the centre of Indian politics for years, it wins or loses, much like the Congress in the first 40 years after Independence.

“BJP is going to be the centre of Indian polity, whether they win, whether they lose, like it was for the first 40 years for Congress. BJP is going nowhere. Once you secure 30 per cent plus votes at the national level you are not going away in a hurry. So do not ever get into this trap that people are getting angry and they will throw away (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi,” he said.

“Maybe they will throw away Modi, but BJP is not going anywhere. They are going to be here, they are to fight it out for the next many decades. It is not going in a hurry,” Kishor answered when asked.

He added: “Unless you examine, understand and take cognizance of strength, you will never be able to put a counter to defeat him (BJP & Modi’S strength)”. He said the problem with Rahul Gandhi is he does not realise this but thinks people will overthrow the BJP.

Earlier, he had said that the Congress party’s fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls next year, would not be revived despite all the “hype” generated around the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, and the subsequent arrest of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of GOP led opposition based on #LakhimpurKheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP,” Kishor, who played an instrumental role in propelling Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress back to power in the West Bengal Assembly polls held in March-April this year, wrote on Twitter.

The remarks have come amid “strong speculation” that Kishor would join the Congress and the party was deliberating on the issues raised by him.

Even as no one in the party is averse to the idea of Kishor joining the Congress, the party leaders have said that he should not be given sweeping powers regarding elections.

The Congress is preparing for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh along with a few other states which are going to polls next year.

In the politically crucial north Indian state, the Congress is pitted against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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IITians… Prashant Kishor wants you!!

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With both YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh and his sister YS Sharmila in Telangana eager to rope in team PK for their image building and electoral success, Prashant Kishore is now on a mission to recruit IITians into his campaign. He is trying to get them on board to get accurate inputs and interpretation of those inputs.

Sources say that Team PK has approached the IIT in Mumbai and offered campus placement for at least 150 IITians. Sources say that he had offered 1.5 lakh per month to the recruits. He reportedly told the principal of the institution that he might require another 150 persons at a later date. Also, team PK is on the lookout for IItians from other parts of the country.

These IITians are required to interact with the people, formulate questionnaires, elicit answers and then analyse them. They would be required to evaluate the people’s responses to the slew of welfare measures put in place by YS Jagan government. These analyses will help Jagan to understand the people’s mood and then take up course correction.

As for Telangana, their role is limited to understanding public mood and suggesting strategies to Sharmila to maximise her impact. As of now, Sharmila has failed to make a mark in Telangana despite her many attempts. The initial enthusiasm that the YSRTP had generated, is gone now. The party has not succeeded in creating a buzz for itself. Hence, Team PK will advise her on how to get the buzz and make an impact.

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Prashant Kishor slams Congress, says protests are useless

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Is the Congress banking on wrong candidates in its fight against the BJP at the national level? On Friday, two of its blue-eyed boys criticized the party and its actions. Firstly, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was specially picked and appointed the Punjab State Congress Committee chief expressed his dissatisfaction at the way things were going on in Punjab. Then Prashant Kishor, who was expected to join the Congress soon  said the Congress has deep-rooted and structural problems. He even questioned the party’s strategy on the Lakhimpur Kheri episode.

Navjot Sindh was to start a rally from Amritsar to Lakhimpur Kheri. However, the chief minister came late to the venue. Angered by this , Sidhu screamed “where is the Congress? It is dead. There is no party.”  He also said that had he been made the CM, the situation would have been different. These comments have shown that Sidhu is not happy with the high command and that all is still not well in the Congress Party.

At about the same time, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who is now advising the Congress on taking on the BJP tweeted saying: People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of GOP led opposition based on #LakhimpurKheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of the GOP. The GOP referred to the Grand Old Party, which is the Congress Party.

The Congress found itself on the defensive and did not know how to react to Prashant Kishor. The confusion in the Congress party was there before the full public view.

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Prashant Kishore teaches ‘Youth Mantra’ to Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi, it appears , has shed his diffidence and became active once again. He is now moving very fast to set his house in order and reactivate the party setup. He is now planning to tour the whole country and meet the party workers. He now wants to capitalise on the growing unhappiness against Narendra Modi, who is in power for more than 7 years.

Rahul Gandhi always felt that youth should be promoted in the party and that the differences between various factions within the party should be quickly ironed out. Now that he has solved the dispute between Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and PCC chief Navjot Singh Siddhu and appointed young Revanth Reddy as the PCC chief in Telangana, he is now planning to address similar issues in other states. He is said to be focusing on the Gehlot-Sachin Pilot dispute in Rajasthan. He is now planning to meet both CM Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.

In fact, it was his inability to solve the dispute between Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia that has led to the fall of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. Now Jyotiraditya is a shining star in the BJP and is made a union minister. Sources in the Congress say that Rahul Gandhi is determined not to allow such developments in future. He is now trying to bring the warring factions in various states together and focus on the young leaders. Election wizard Prashant Kishore has reportedly told Rahul Gandhi to focus on the young leaders in the party. Rahul Gandhi, it is being reported, is doing as per the directions of Prashant kishore.

Soon, Rahul Gandhi is likely to undertake a nation-wide tour to reactivate the cadres. He is likely to involve more and more youth in the party affairs. He is also likely to promote young leaders within the party. Sources say that he has promoted young leaders as PCC chiefs in Kerala, Punjab and Telangana and is likely to bring in more young leaders in other states too. Let’s wait and watch if the youth mantra works for him.

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What is Prashant Kishore doing in Lotus Pond?

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What was poll wizard Prashant Kishore doing in the Lotus Pond? Highly placed sources say that Prashant Kishore or PK, as he is popularly known, has spent most of the day at the Lotus Pond on Thursday. Sharmila’s party YSSTP is set to be launched on Friday at 12 noon. PK’s presence a day before the launch of Sharmila’s party is being viewed with a lot of interest.

It may be recalled that PK’s camp follower Priya is planning strategies for Sharmila. She is working on catchy slogans, Sharmila’s body language, speeches and their content. She is also putting in efforts on brand creation and promotion in a big way. Given all this, PK’s appearance is being considered significant.

Between 2014 and 2019, YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has allowed PK, who was then advising him, to set up his office in the Lotus Pond. A full-fledged team had operated from the same premises. In addition, an IPAC office, which is owned by PK, functioned from one of the assets of the YSR family. The same office is continuing even now, say sources.

However, there is some confusion as to why PK visited the Lotus Pond. There were reliable reports that PK was going to meet KTR soon. The meeting with KTR has two objectives. Firstly, to help TRS formulate the strategy for 2023 and 2024. Secondly, to bring all anti-BJP forces together. Normally, PK works with only one political party in one state. Given this, why did he visit Lotus Pond when he is said to already in talks with KTR? This question is being hotly debated in the political circles in both the Telugu states.

Meanwhile, Sharmila will address the inaugural meet of the YSRTP in JRC Convention Centre in the Film Nagar. A public meeting with some 1500 people would be held at 12 noon, sources close to Sharmila revealed.

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Prashant Kishore has his game plan for Telugu states

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Election management wizard Prashant Kishore is currently on a plan to unite all the anti-BJP regional forces. He wants to bring them together to defeat the BJP. He has already met Nationalist Congress Party’s Sharad Pawar as part of his Mission 2024 blueprint.

But if highly placed sources are to be believed, Prashant Kishore had a highly secretive meeting with KTR too. It is being now revealed that KTR was very impressed by Prashant’s strategies. While papa KCR feels that his strategies are good enough to take on the BJP, KTR is said feel that PK will be a useful ally. KTR has always been a strong supporter of the tech-driven, strategy-guided poll management. He had used such systems in the 2018 elections very successfully. There is no way of knowing what transpired in the PK-KTR meeting, which was held long back.

Meanwhile, there are feelers that PK may not work for YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in 2024. One major reason is YS Jagan’s open alignment with the BJP. PK reportedly feels that Jagan will not fit into his scheme of things anymore. His pro-BJP stance will come in the way of forging an anti-BJP alliance. Though YS Jagan had said that PK would continue to give him feedback about his governance, it is not to be happening. Jagan has developed his own system of feedback through the village volunteers, a source said.

However, whether he would ally with the TDP in Andhra Pradesh too is unclear as PK’s former associate Robin Sharma is already advising the TDP.

But several questions still remain. Firstly who will be the face of the anti-BJP group – Sharad Pawar or Mamta Banerjee? Secondly, what will be the role of south India in the whole scheme of things ? Time alone will tell how PK manages these contradictions.

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Prashant Kishore lives up to the challenge, yet again

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Prashant Kishore is undoubtedly the most sought after political strategist in India nowadays. He seems to have lived up to the expectations yet again and even won the challenge he posed to BJP before elections. Details as follows.

When most of the media houses were carried away by the mind games of BJP and running the stories that BJP is on the verge of coming into power in West Bengal, he was the only one who very confidently said that, BJP will not even cross the double digit of seats, forget about reaching the magic number of 147. He even challenged that, if BJP gets 100 or more seats, he will quit his job as political strategist. It is known news that he provided strategy and support to Mamata Banerjee’s TMC this time.

He tweeted before elections that, “I am glad BJP is taking my chat more seriously than words of their own leaders! They should show courage & share the full chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it. I have said this before & repeating again – BJP will not to CROSS 100 in WB. Period. For all the hype AMPLIFIED by a section of supportive media, in reality BJP will struggle to CROSS DOUBLE DIGITS in #WestBengal

PS: Please save this tweet and if BJP does any better I must quit this space!”.

After seeing this tweet of him, everyone thought, it was really a courageous move by Prashant Kishore to throw a challenge like this. However, now the results are out, and it looks like BJP may fall short of 100 seats and Prashant Kishore is likely to win this challenge.

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PK-YCP new mantra to prevent unity among rivals

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Not even two years have passed since YS Jaganmohan Reddy took over as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Both reports from the Prashant Kishore team and the intelligence wing are stated to be that the public opinion is not in favour of the Jagan regime as of now. As such, it is back to the same old politicking and extreme strategies that were adopted at the time of the 2019 election.

It was well known how the PK team divided the voters in 2019 at a micro level along caste and communal lines. They successfully prevented polarisation of certain sections in favour of the TDP. They also divided the BC vote banks in places like the Godavari and North Andhra areas to a certain extent. Now, unable to stop the rising unpopularity of its regime, the YCP has once again started following the PK mantra to divide the people along caste and communal lines. The ongoing panchayat elections came as a testing ground for the ruling party and the PK team.

Analysts say that it is only as a part of this strategy that the YCP leaders have begun accusing the TDP of targetting the Ambedkar and the Ranga statues. It would create disturbances in the State in order to divert public attention. The YCP is accusing the TDP of trying all devious methods to destabilise the Jaganmohan Reddy Government. Doubtless to say, the politicization of the statues and the sentiments of different sections is certainly going to create serious differences among different communities in future.

One thing is certain that the PK strategy may definitely prevent the anti-YCP sections from coming together to fight against the Jagan Reddy Government in future.

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Prashant Kishor tears into Modi camp on Unlock-1 Covid plan

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YSRCP’s political advisor in 2019 elections and Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s ‘Man Friday’ Prashant Kishor has turned his guns on the Modi government on the handling of the corona virus in the country terming the complete lockdown a ‘botched up’ initiative.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Prashant Kishor slammed the central government on the complete lockdown and the measures initiated to contain the spread of the virus. “A botched up #lockdown and series of strategic mistakes have turned a public health issue into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Now instead of going for a course correction that is guided by scientific evidence and data with #unlock1 we are setting ourselves for a catastrophe,” he tweeted.

Backed by data from Lockdown 1.0 to Unlock 1.0, he tried to tear into the central government saying as on March 20 there were 190 positive cases and as on May 31 the figure has gone up to 1,90,535, a 1002 times spurt in the cases. The fatality rate as on March 20 was four. However, as on May 31, the country reported 5,389 fatalities, a jump of 1,348 times. India is globally ranked at 7 in the spike in corona positive cases and 13th in the fatality rates, he noted in his tweet.

Kishor said that instead of going for a course of correction guided with scientific evidence and data, the government has announced ‘Unlock-1’. With the phase-wise reopening plan ‘we are setting ourselves for catastrophe,’ Kishor said in his Tweet.

“#lockdown to #unlock1 Covid_19India NUMBERS: इसको भी याद रखा जाएगा. Cases up 1002 times & Deaths 1348 times; Global Rank-7th & 13th. Positive is UP from 1.3 to 5, Affected Districts from 68 to 634. Cases GREW at a CDGR of 10.2% & Fatality by 10.8%; G-20 Rank: 2nd & 4th,” he tweeted.

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Prashant Kishor calls for well-thought plan to combat Covid

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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to light candles on Sunday at 9 p.m. for nine minutes amid the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, election strategist Prashant Kishor called for a well-thought-out plan and response to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

“While we must appreciate all efforts that showcase our solidarity and demonstrate our resolve to fight Covid, these can’t be substitute for a robust, well thought-out plan and response that is rooted in scientific evidence and is guided by data and best professional experience,” Kishor said in a tweet.

His remarks came after Modi on Friday once again reached out to the nation amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown and urged people to light a candle or “diya” on April 5 at 9 p.m. for nine minutes to dispel the darkness and gloom brought about by the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus.

“This Sunday, April 5, we have to challenge the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to introduce it to the power of light,” PM Modi said in an address to the nation.

“We have to take Mahasankalp (the supreme oath) by 130 crore citizens to new heights. I want your 9 minutes at 9 p.m. on April 5,” Modi said.

He then asked Indians to switch off lights in their homes, reach out from their windows, gates or balconies and light a candle or diya for 9 minutes. Even torches and mobile phone lights would also do. “Switch off every light in the house, reach to your main gate or balcony and light a candle, diya, torch or your mobile’s flash for 9 minutes,” Modi said.

On Friday, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India reached 2301 with 56 deaths and 156 cured.

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Patna court rejects Kishor’s bail plea in content theft case

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A Patna court on Saturday rejected the bail plea of political strategist Prashant Kishor in a fraud case involving content theft.

Complainant Shashwat Gautam had accused the expelled Janata Dal-United leader and his staff Osama of content theft for Kishor’s “Baat Bihar Ki’ campaign and lodged a fraud case with the Patliputra police station.

Osama had fought the Patna University students union elections. He had resigned from Kishor’s project that was set to be launched in future. He had allegedly handed over all the content related to the project to Kishor.

Kishor had moved the city court to seek bail in the case, which the court rejected after Saturday’s hearing.

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FIR against Prashant Kishor for plagiarism

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An FIR has been lodged against political strategist Prashant Kishor in Patna after allegations of plagiarism in his ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ campaign, which was launched recently.

The FIR was registered under Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Patliputra Police Station.

The FIR has been registered by Shashwat Gautam, who in his complaint alleged he was working on a similar project, which was to be launched in future.

Gautam has also registered the FIR against a person called Osama, who worked with him on ‘Bihar ki Baat’ campaign before he resigned from the job.

Sources said Gautam provided the police some evidences to back his claim.

At the ‘Baat Bihar ki’ programme, Kishor claimed that he aimed to make Bihar one of the top 10 best states in the country.

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Ideologies of Gandhi, Godse cannot go along: Kishor

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Political strategist and politician Prashant Kishor on Tuesday hit out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying that his party JD-U was aligning with those “going soft on Mahatma Gandhi’s killer”, adding that the ideologies of the Father of the Nation and his assassin Nathuram Godse cannot go hand in hand.

“There has been a lot of discussion between me and Nitish ji on the party ideology. He has his own thought process and I have mine. There have been differences between him and me — the ideologies of Godse and Gandhi cannot stay together. You have to say which side you are on,” said Kishor, who was expelled from the Janata Dal-United last month.

“Nitishji always told us that the party can never leave the ideals of Gandhiji. But now, the party is with those who are soft on Gandhi’s killer Godse. For me, Gandhiji and Godse cannot go hand in hand,” he added.

Kishor, who runs a consultancy firm Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) and rebel leader Pavan Varma were thrown out by the Nitish Kumar’s JD-U after its senior leadership was locked in an ugly war of words with the duo.

The 43-year-old strategist, who helped Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in strategising in the run-up to the Assembly elections, will launch his “Baat Bihar Ki” campaign from February 20 to reach out to the people of his native state.

“My relationship with Nitish Kumar has never been a political one; he always treated me as a son. Those who know us will vouch for this. I also consider him a father figure,” Kishor said at a press conference here, his first after expulsion from JD-U on January 29.

Kishor was accused of questioning the JD-U stand on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Kishor also accused the JD-U chief of making an “ideological compromise” to stay in an alliance with the BJP.

“Many JD-U leaders feel that staying in an alliance with the BJP will help the party. And the Chief Minister believes that in an alliance there are times when you have to compromise.”

He revealed that his ideological differences with Nitish Kumar first emerged during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “We had a standoff on two points. It’s not new, it started during the Lok Sabha elections,” Kishor said.

Kishor joined the JD-U in September 2018. He first entered the political arena in 2011 when he met then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and helped him stitch his third consecutive win in the Gujarat Assembly polls in 2012. However, it was his active involvement in Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha campaign “an election that is a textbook case for everything done right” that catapulted him to instant fame with his ‘chai pe charcha’ campaign.

After the success of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the Bihar polls in 2015, Kishor was a hot property which every political party vouched for. And the results of elections in Punjab in 2017, Andhra Pradesh in 2019, West Bengal by-polls in 2019, and now Delhi in 2020 have further increased his demand.

The only failure for Kishor so far has been the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in 2017, wherein the Congress and the Samajwadi Party combine lost to the BJP despite campaigns like ‘Khat pe charcha’ and ‘UP ke Ladke’.

The latest to join his bandwagon is Tamil Nadu’s DMK, which has roped in I-PAC to strategise its campaign for next Assembly elections.

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First fulfil promises, Kishor told Kejriwal before polls

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Before coming on board to advise AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal for campaigning in Delhi assembly polls, election strategist Prashant Kishor advised the Chief Minister to first fulfil the promises his party had made to the people of Delhi to win their trust.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which won 67 seats in the 2015 assembly elections had made 70 promises to the people, including a strict Jan Lokpal, free Wi-Fi, marshals in DTC buses, installation of CCTV cameras across the city to improve security, half electricity price, free water and many others.

AAP had selected Kishor’s consultancy firm, Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), to design its campaign for the Delhi assembly polls in December last year.

A senior I-PAC source said before agreeing to come on board to look after the AAP campaign, Kishor advised Kejriwal to fulfil promises he had made before 2015 assembly polls. The source said it was after Kishor’s advice that the party swung into action and started installation of CCTV cameras across the national capital.

The source said AAP had agreed to keep its word on providing free Wi-Fi high speed internet service in the national capital.

The AAP government had started installation of CCTV cameras and the Wi-Fi internet services late in 2019.

The I-PAC source also said that Kishor then came up with the idea of guarantee card to ensure services to the people. The ‘Kejriwal ka Guarantee Card’ was released by the Chief Minister on January 19, almost a month after Kishor officially took over the campaigning of the party.

The ‘Kejriwal ka Guarantee Card’ had 10 “guarantees”: a promise to reduce air pollution in Delhi by three times, plant more than two crore trees to make Delhi green, continuation of 24-hour uninterrupted power supply and 200 units of free electricity for all, freeing the city from the web of wires and taking electricity to each household through underground cable, 24-hour pure piped drinking water to each house in the next five years and continuing a scheme to provide 20,000 liters of free water, giving a world-class education facility for each child, better health facilities for all, and the “biggest and cheapest” transport facility for the city.

The source said Kishor even asked AAP leaders to not target the BJP on the national security issues and keep its campaign focused entirely on Delhi.

“It was the reason why Kejriwal was not attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout the campaigning,” the source said.

Even Kejriwal’s ‘temple trot’ before the elections was planned strategically as the BJP was attacking him by calling him “terrorist”, he said.

“During the planning of Kejriwal’s temple visit, it was known that BJP leaders will attack the AAP leader and thus it will work negatively for them,” he added.

The AAP on Tuesday pulled off a stunner again as it won 62 out of 70 seats in Delhi. The BJP won eight seats while the Congress drew a blank for the second time.

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What’s Prashant Kishor fee for Kejriwal election?

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The Aam Aadmi Party is getting widespread praise for winning Delhi election without distributing any money to the voters. Arvind Kejriwal is said to have mesmerised common public with his popular power subsidy, health and education programmes. However, his election strategist Prashant Kishor has also got credit for the AAP massive victory. But, Prashant is known for taking high fee from his clients. He is also known for using all tricks and gimmicks in the electoral game.

Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC firm received Rs 37 Cr officially from CM Jaganmohan Reddy’s YCP for their services in 2019 election in Andhra Pradesh. Speculation in AP political circles is that Jagan paid lot more to Prashant to engage teams in order to manage various sections involved in the election process at that time. Now, the questions arise how much fee Kejriwal would have paid to Prashant for rendering his firm services.

Interestingly, the Delhi election went smoothly unlike in AP where top officials around Chandrababu Naidu were changed by Election Commission of India during peak of election process. Wherever it goes, Prashant team gets blamed for subverting election process to benefit their client. But this time, in Delhi, no major complaints came up against Prashant in Delhi. BJP is also strangely silent.

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Does Stalin really need Prashant Kishor help?

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The news that Prashant Kishor will be working with Stalin to steer DMK into power has drawn a mixed response from the cadres of the party. There is also a debate going on in Tamil Nadu that, whether Stalin really needs the help of Prashant Kishor in the upcoming elections. Details as follows.

Prashant Kishor is highly sought after political strategist in the country. Especially after putting Jagan on CM throne, many regional parties are keen on utilizing his services. He is currently working for Mamta Banerjee in West Bengal and Kejriwal in Delhi. Recently, DMK supremo Stalin also has roped in Prashant Kishor for the upcoming elections.

Core Tamilians couldn’t digest Prashant Kishor’s role:

However, one section of people in Tamil Nadu are voicing against this move and arguing how can a person from Hindi belt, who doesn’t know anything about the culture of Tamil Nadu, can influence the politics of the state. Their concern is understandable given the fact that these Dravidian parties have grown up in Tamil Nadu state on the sentiment of anti-Hindi.

Some others support:

However, another section of people are opining that this is the era of social media and Prashant Kishor is the master when it comes to handling the political campaigns in social media and so there is nothing wrong in utilizing his services.

High anti-incumbency on ruling party:

But the majority of people are opining that the mood of the people is completely against the AIADMK government and if the elections are held today, DMK will form the government without an iota of doubt. They are reminding that, ever since Jaya Lalitha passed away, there is no unity in the AIADMK party and the party’s image is currently at rock bottom. Current chief minister Palani Samy and main leader Panneer Selvam fighting for the CM post and compromising later is still afresh in the minds of people. Given this condition of the ruling party and the fact that Rajnikant and Kamal Hassan not able to get the attention of the people, DMK is the obvious choice of the people.

Finally:

Observers say Tamil Nadu has the tradition of changing the power every 5 years. It is only in previous elections, that trend was broken. So, even if the voters go by that tradition of changing the power, DMK is sure to form the government this time. But it seems Stalin wants to leave no stone unturned to become CM for the first time. We will have to wait and see how will be the impact of Prashant Kishor in Tamil Nadu this time.

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JD-U expels Prashant Kishor, Pawan Varma from party

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Days after election strategist Prashant Kishor and senior party leader Pawan Kumar Varma spoke against the party leadership over its stand on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Nitish Kumar-led party on Wednesday expelled both the leaders from the party’s primary membership.

In a statement, party General Secretary K. C. Tyagi said, “As both the party leaders have been broken the party discipline, they are being expelled from the primary membership of the party.”

Kishor and Varma have been critical of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his stand on the CAA. JD-U had supported the bill both in the Loka Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Both of them have attacked the Chief Minister for his decision to support the CAA.

Kishor had joined the Janata Dal-United in September 2018. He was also made the Vice President of the party. While Varma is a former Rajya Sabha member of the JD-U.

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Prashant Kishor thanks Congress for stand on CAA, NRC

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Political strategist Prashant Kishor, who was the man behind Narendra Modi’s successful election campaign in 2014, on Sunday supported Congress’ anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC) stand, declaring that the new law will not be implemented in Bihar.

His reaction came after he targeted the Congress in December last year and questioned the absence of top Congress leaders in the protests against CAA and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

“I join my voice with all to thank Congress leadership for their formal and unequivocal rejection of CAA and NRC. Both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi deserve special thanks for their efforts on this count,” Kishor tweeted.

In another Tweet, Kishor said “(I) also would like to reassure to all — CAA will not be implemented in Bihar”.

Kishor’s remarks came after the government on Friday issued a gazette notification declaring that the CAA has come into force with immediate effect granting citizenship to six non-Muslim minority communities — Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian — who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014.

The Congress as well as various other political parties have raised voices against the CAA which was passed by Parliament on December 11 — a move which faced countrywide violent protests on “misconception” that the law is against the Muslim community residing in India.

Facing criticism and protest against CAA, the Central government, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on many occasions have clarified that the law is “nothing to do with the citizens of India” and that a “misconception” is being fuelled by the opposition parties against the law.

The Prime Minister, while speaking at a programme in Belur Math in West Bengal on Sunday, clarified again that the law is to provide citizenship to minority immigrants facing religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and that it “does not snatch citizenship”.

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