Last Updated on 05/03/2022 by Nidhi Khandelwal
Sunil Kanugolu, who worked closely with Prashant Kishor as part of Citizens for Accountable Governance, has been given the duty of preparing the Congress’s electoral campaign in the future.
Although Prashant Kishor’s engagement with the Congress was a no-go, his former associate has now accepted the position.
Sunil Kanugolu has been given the duty of organising the Congress’s campaign from 2023 onwards, beginning with the state elections next year. A top Congress leader stated the decision on the national election in 2024 would be made “in due course.”
After meeting with the three Gandhis, Mr Kanugolu, who was part of the team that managed Narendra Modi’s blockbuster 2014 campaign alongside Prashant Kishor, was given the new duty.
Mr Kanugolu had reportedly worked with the BJP, DMK, AIADMK, and Akali Dal in the past as a Kishor associate.
Mr Kishor – or “PK” – met with Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shortly after the Bengal election triumph in April-May last year. The talks looked into the potential of PK joining the Congress as a consultant or full-time member, given his only previous political experience was with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party.
For the time being, Sunil would be in charge of the assembly elections in Karnataka and Telangana, which are due for 2023,” the leader stated.
Mr Kanugolu joined the BJP in 2014 and remained with the party in 2017. In the 2019 national election, he is credited for the DMK’s remarkable performance. For Mr. Stalin, his “Namakku Naame (we for ourselves)” campaign was a great hit.
Mr Kanugolu defected from the DMK to the AIADMK after the 2019 election.