Hyderabad: Poll Strategist Prashant Kishor is camping at Hyderabad residence of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao since Saturday morning. From this new round of speculations are being set, just a day before the crucial meeting of Congress on whether he will join the party’s desperate attempt to bounce back ahead of the 2024 election.
Kishor has been holding meetings with KCR. The poll strategist reached the Telangana capital on Saturday morning. He is staying at Chief Minister’s residence. The two are expected to continue discussions today as well.
Earlier, the two had met at KCR’s farmhouse at Erravelli. Kishor was touring some villages and getting people’s feedback as well.
Interestingly, Congress is key opposition in Telangana. Kishor’s negotiations with the grand old party and TRS simultaneously, therefore, can prove to be a hurdle in his talks with the Congress or KCR-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi or throw up new political equations.
There is speculation on whether KCR would end his tie-up with Mr Kishor or the poll strategist would say his team at IPAC is handling the TRS account while he keeps a distance.
NDTV sources have confirmed Kishor, in a presentation to the Congress leadership on April 16, had suggested an alliance between Congress and KCR’s party in Telangana.
Neither the TRS nor the Congress in Telangana would be keen on the idea. The state Congress chief Revanth Reddy has been very sharply critical of the KCR and his son K T Rama Rao.
Preparing for the Assembly polls in 2023, Reddy has been organising meetings.
Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to visit Telangana, on May 6 where he will be addressing a massive political meeting.
Kishor-KCR meetings have raised murmurs in the Congress.
KCR, besides looking to hold on to his support base on his home turf, has also been looking to play a national role ahead of the 2024 elections.
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