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IPAC and TRS seem to be in disagreement over KCR’s national dreams

There seems to be an impasse between the Prashant Kishor-led Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) and the TRS in Telangana over the national dreams of Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR).

Reportedly, KCR wants IPAC to help him get a bigger role nationally, but the consulting firm has asked for a renegotiation of their deal, which was initially only for the TRS state campaign in 2023. Some members of the IPAC team who worked for TRS’s campaign have been transferred to neighboring states.

“The matter will be resolved when Prasant Kishor meets KCR. There was no deal between IPAC and TRS to serve his (KCR’s) national interests. We’ll see what happens since Kishor also has his campaign in Bihar in the near future,” said an IPAC official who asked not to be quoted.

In Telangana, IPAC had launched a number of creative protest campaigns against the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Especially when the BJP’s bigger leaders come to Hyderabad or Telangana for events or party campaigns, TRS has been targeting the BJP, especially its central leadership. On September 17, TRS workers installed ‘TadipaarKaunHai’ (referring to his old criminal cases in which he was arrested) posters in Begumpet in the city ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit here for the Centre’s ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ event.

Just hours before PM Narendra Modi’s rally at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, the TRS floated pink balloons with ‘Jai KCR’ on them as part of a sustained three-day campaign. In Hyderabad, the balloons were positioned outside the venue of the BJP’s final national executive meeting. From the venue, the balloons were clearly visible.

TRS to BRS?

Since the 2018 Telangana elections, KCR has been discussing a federal non-Congress and non-BJP front.

TRS leaders, including the chief minister, have previously met with other opposition leaders to put on a united front. It never took off, however. KCR also met with several opposition leaders in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but it was all for naught.

More recently, he met with Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar to rally opposition support against the BJP. They both held press conferences as well. However, it remains to be seen how IPAC will support or agree to assist him with this.

A TRS source previously told this reporter that KCR will make an announcement around Dussera this year. KCR may reveal a new logo and provide additional information.

 

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