It’s official: DMK ropes in Prashant Kishor for 2021 polls

Proving speculations true, the main opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu has roped in poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s firm Indian Political Action Committee or I-PAC for the 2021 Assembly elections.

In a tweet, DMK president M K Stalin said, “Happy to share that many bright & like-minded young professionals of Tamil Nadu are joining us under the banner of  @IndianPAC  to work with us on our 2021 election and help shape our plans to restore TN to its former glory!”

Responding to the DMK leader, the I-PAC said that its Tamil Nadu team will help the party to secure an emphatic victory in the Assembly polls next year.

I-PAC tweeted: “Thanks Thiru MK Stalin for the opportunity. The I-PAC Tamil Nadu team is excited to work with DMK to help secure an emphatic victory in 2021 elections and contribute in putting the state back on the path of progress and prosperity under your able leadership.”

I-PAC website says the group helps its partners “set a citizen-centric agenda” and “conceptualize and implement the most effective methods of taking it to the public and gathering mass support”.  I-PAC is working with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for Delhi Assembly polls.

Kishor had managed the election campaigns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in 2015 and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in 2017.

He also boosted the campaign for Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP in the Andhra Pradesh assembly election last year. The YSRCP won the election.

DMK, a powerful cadre-based party, had earlier worked with election strategist for the 2016 assembly polls. The 2021 election ground is likely to be crowded with new players like actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan besides the existing ones.

Winning the 2021 assembly polls is a political necessity for the DMK, which has remained out of power in Tamil Nadu since May 2011. The party had lost three successive elections – 2011, 2014 and 2016 – before it tasted success in 2019.