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If You Can't Beat Them… Chandrababu Naidu May Hire Prashant Kishor's I-PAC Which Helped Jagan Defeat Him

If You Can't Beat Them… Chandrababu Naidu May Hire Prashant Kishor's I-PAC Which Helped Jagan Defeat Him

Hyderabad: In an interesting twist to Andhra politics, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu has offered a mega contract to poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC, less than a month after the political research firm contributed to his humiliating exit from power.

According to sources close to the former chief minister, Naidu has offered Indian-Political Action Committee a multi-year contract.

I-PAC’s last client was YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy who rode to power in a landslide victory in the recently held assembly elections, dislodging the Chandrababu Naidu government.

Jagan had hired Kishor in 2017 when his political currency was at its lowest ever amid charges of amassing disproportionate assets. The I-PAC team’s first step in turning the tables was the 3,600-km padyatra Jagan undertook across the state. It is widely believed that the walkathon helped turn the tide in Jagan’s favour, bringing him closer to the voters.

While it remains unclear whether an official agreement is in place, sources told News18 that Naidu has put forward a proposal to I-PAC. Naidu had reached out to Kishor’s team in 2016 as well, but the deal couldn’t be struck then, people familiar with the matter said.

Naidu’s purported overtures are in stark contrast to his spat with Kishor during the assembly elections when the then CM called the latter a “Bihari dacoit”. Kishor, a leader in Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), hit back saying Naidu was rattled by the impending defeat.