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Sunil Kanugolu Key To Congress Telangana Win, Not A part of 2024 Planning

Sunil Kanugolu, Key To Congress Telangana Win, Not Part of 2024 Planning

Sunil Kanugolu is extensively seen as the important thing behind the Congress’ current election wins (File).

New Delhi:

Sunil Kanugolu – the strategist credited with orchestrating the Congress’ wins in Karnataka and Telangana – won’t be a part of its marketing campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha election. Earlier a part of the Congress’ ‘Process Pressure 2024’, he’ll now concentrate on prepping the occasion’s Haryana and Maharashtra campaigns, sources near him instructed NDTV Friday.

Mr Kanugolu’s redeployment has been attributed to the very fact he already has groups in place in these two states – each of which can vote inside seven months – and to a Congress eager to construct on final yr’s victories within the Karnataka and Telangana Meeting elections, recording large wins over the ruling BJP and BRS, respectively. 

Nevertheless, information the Congress’ key ballot tactician won’t be available to information the occasion within the April/Could nationwide election has raised eyebrows. A senior chief, holding the rank of Common Secretary, acknowledged his absence on the Lok Sabha marketing campaign is a “slight setback”, however instructed NDTV the Congress believes there’s larger long-term profit if he can use his ‘Midas contact’, to win key states from the BJP.

Mr Kanugolu, sources added, will even proceed to work with the Congress’ governments in Karnataka, the place he his now Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s major advisor, with a cupboard rank, and Telangana, the place he ousted ex-Chief Minister Ok Chandrashekar Rao and the BRS that has dominated since 2014.

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The significance of Mr Kanugolu to the Congress’ election equipment is maybe greatest illustrated by the occasion’s dismal performances in final yr’s Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections.

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Mr Kanugolu held preliminary talks with leaders in these states, however neither Kamal Nath nor Ashok Gehlot, the occasion’s oldest and de facto bosses in every, agreed to his calls for.

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The Congress misplaced badly in every state. Sources later instructed NDTV the wins in Karnataka and Telangana have been the results of Mr Kanugolu being given a free hand in every.

The maths behind the Congress’ Lok Sabha election marketing campaign is considerably extra sophisticated, significantly with the occasion juggling a number of allies, and seat-sharing calls for, as a part of the INDIA opposition bloc.

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In that context, Mr Kanugolu, hailed as a “man of concepts, with a deal with on the massive image”, will surely be a worthwhile asset, significantly since he has labored with the occasion’s direct rival; he was a part of the BJP’s 2014 Lok Sabha marketing campaign.

The Congress, although, is probably going considering (very) long-term. Wins in Karnataka and Telangana (and Himachal Pradesh, one other state the place Mr Kanugolu aided the occasion) should be balanced in opposition to main losses, equivalent to these in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh this yr, and Punjab in 2022. 

The Congress was the ruling occasion in three of those 4 states earlier than disjointed, and faction-ridden, campaigns gave the BJP and the AAP (which picked up Punjab) wins they need to not have had. The occasion now has governments (of its personal) in simply three states in comparison with the BJP’s 12. It’s probably it’s banking on Mr Kanugolu, and his subject surveys, to win over and strengthen its place in key states because it seems to construct a powerful base.

Haryana, the place the BJP shouldn’t be in a very robust place regardless of holding the chief minister’s publish, and Maharashtra, a state in turmoil because the acrimonious cut up within the Shiv Sena in June final yr, which dumped the Congress out of energy (it was a part of the tripartite Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities), appear good locations to start out.

Andhra Pradesh, which can also be scheduled to vote this yr, will probably be handed over by Mr Kanugolu given the Congress would not actually have a presence there, regardless of the current entrance of YS Sharmila. 

Among the many different states heading for Meeting elections in 2024 are Odisha, the place Chief Minister Naveen Patna’s BJD has a stranglehold, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. Jharkhand will even vote however the Congress is already a part of the federal government there, having allied with Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s JMM.

The massive take a look at will likely be Jammu and Kashmir, which, if the Supreme Court docket’s order is adopted, will maintain a primary election because the controversial scrapping of particular standing underneath Article 370. The final Meeting ballot in J&Ok was in 2014.

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