Prashant Kishor to advise JD(S) on recovery strategy

bangalore: Survey Strategist Prashant Kishor will formulate several measures to reorganize JD(S), with a mandate to bring the party back to power in the next assembly elections. Several macro and micro maneuvers will be plotted by the strategist that will benefit the party.

Sources told Star of Mysore that Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has asked Prashant Kishor to work with former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S)HD Head Kumaraswamy and bring JD back (S) in power in Karnataka, which saw the rules of both. Congress and the BJP.

The Telangana CM recently met with Kumaraswamy where he reportedly told the latter not to tie himself to any political party but to continue working for the benefit of the farmers, a need of the hour when the farmers are in great distress. In light of the discussions, Chandrashekar Rao asked Prashant Kishor to strategize.

The top brass at JD(S) want to get away from the image of a family-centric party. A redesign of the party’s image as a family party and only a family party while not loosening the grip on the machinery will be proposed.

Image makeover

Furthermore, an image makeover for their CM contestant Kumaraswamy is also on the cards with the showing of two young faces, two grandsons of former PM HD Devegowda – Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna.

The party’s footprint has been limited to the Old Mysore area and its main voting bank is Vokkaligas.

Prashant Kishor will seek to increase the party’s footprint across Karnataka. Importantly, efforts will be made to project JD(S) as a party that is not just a kingmaker, but capable of forming a government on its own.

Sources said that since the result of the Lok Sabha polls in May 2019, several young party leaders have asked the party forum to consider taking the services of Prashant Kishor and the party leadership has also approached the poll strategist .

Kishor, through his consultancy firm I-PAC, had previously been involved with the BJP and Congress. While he was part of the successful YSRP led by YS Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) drafted him for the Delhi Assembly elections.

For several months, the JD(S) has been trying to strengthen its agreement with I-PAC but it has not been able to move forward. The JD(S) wants to reach out to younger generations and as part of the strategy to do this, social media platforms will also be widely used. He felt the need for professional advice to attract them to JD(S).

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