Stocks are soaring for Prashant Kishor and his company Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) what with the increasing demands of politicos. Word now has it that Tamil Nadu chief minister Palaniswami is trying to rope in Kishor’s company to help him woo voters for the 2021 Assembly election
Chennai: In the wake of the latest row in Tamil Nadu over the dual leadership in the AIADMK, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) is most likely to seek help from electoral strategist Prashant Kishor.
EPS is likely to meet Kishor at his firm, the Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) ahead of the 2021 Assembly election, at a time when the AIADMK is wading through rough waters.
In the 2014 election, the AIADMK had managed to win 37 out of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state. However, in the recently held elections, the AIADMK managed one out of the 38 that went to polls.
In the Assembly bypolls, however, the AIADMK won nine seats out of 22 and managed to ensure the government’s survival for the next three years.
IPAC had recently advised YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy who has made a landslide victory in the state. This, apart from winning a majority of Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Not long ago, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief, Mamata Banerjee had sought the services of Kishor.
Reports also stated that even the Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) N Chandrababu Naidu wants Kishor to review its party in the state.
While West Bengal and Tamil Nadu will elect their state legislatures in 2021, the TDP is yet to recover from the severe drubbing it received at the hands of YSRCP at the Lok Sabha and assembly elections held recently.
IPAC had also devised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election strategy in 2014. It also helped other leaders to victory also.
IPAC which started initially as Citizen for the Accountable Government (CAG) in 2013, first came to the spotlight after Modi's spectacular victory in 2014.
IPAC sources were also quoted as saying that the fact was that they had been approached by different political parties from across the country but a final decision has not been taken.
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Last Updated Jun 17, 2019, 11:43 AM IST