Prashant Kishor: Is he working For YSRCP?

Will Prashant Kishor, election strategist, work for YSRCP? Has he met Jagan Mohan Reddy? Party’s General Secretary Vijay Sai Reddy clarifies.

Hyderabad: Speculations about political strategist Prashant Kishor working for YSRCP in coming elections in 2019 have been set at rest by the party’s General Secretary Vijay Sai Reddy.

Vijaya Sai Reddy said he and Prashant Kishor have been good friends for a few years and using the services of Prashant Kishor for YSRC was not yet finalised. Final decision is left to party Chief YS Jagan mohan Reddy as per Vijaya Sai. Prashant Kishor met Vijay Sai Reddy on Saturday and left for Delhi on the same day.

YSRC is keeping silence on its startegies of social media after the incident of Ravi Kiran a few days back. Vijaya sai said that Prashanth never met Jagan. But according to reliable sources, Jagan had a meeting with Prashant Kishor in Delhi many months ago. They are understood to have discussed a stratgey to be implemented for 2019 elections.

Prashant Kishor played key role for Narendra Modi who won a majority of seats in 2014 elections. He also played a key role in Bihar elections in which the Mahaghatbandhan or Grand Alliance defeated the BJP and Nitish Kumar continued as CM. Prashant’s strategy did not help the Congress in recent polls in Uttar Pradesh. His ‘Khat Zoe Charcha’ was a miserable failure. It was abandoned in midway. It was not taken to logical conclusion. It left the farmers fuming. In Punjab, the Congress won because of the image and hard work of Captain Amarinder Singh. He made it clear to party high command that he did not need the services of Prashant Kishor. There were complaints from UP Congressmen that the strategist made them spend a lot of money on the analysts appointed by the strategist. Recently, Priyanka Gandhi who reviewed the post-poll scenario in UP was told that the idea of an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, promoted by her and Prashant, did not help the party in any way. Priyanka was very actively involved in getting the alliance on board.

There are rumours that Jagan has borrowed the idea of social media activism from Prashant after his remarkable performance in 2014 elections and the Bihar elections later. But the Ravi Kiran episode has its effect on the strategy.
We have to see if Prashant would really work for YSRC in a full-fledged manner and how the party makes use of his services in coming days.

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