After delivering the desired results to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, expert psephologist Prashant Kishore has turned his focus on the Telangana Congress unit. Post-split the moribund Congress looked to fresh ideas of Prashant Kishor who is stated to have suggested to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi that the TPCC chief should either be film star and political fighter Vijayashanti or famous cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin who could attract the minorities vote.
While party leaders are clamouring against incumbent Uttam Kumar Reddy, those in the fray for the PCC president post include Mohammed Shabbir Ali, DK Aruna and Gita Reddy. However since the Congress is a top-down party, Prashant Kishore is sure to get his advice implemented. Vijayashanti has glamour and fighting spirit on her side. Many party leaders had told the high command that these qualities of hers would be useful to go into the people like the old days.
On the other side is the minority vote that the Congress had lost. Mohammed Azharuddin alone can turn the tide round because he remains an idol in the people's hearts. Also he can attract youth. If either the star or cricketer is chosen, the party would benefit a great deal, Congress leaders are understood to have told the leadership. Whatever the decision of party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Congress in Telangana is poised for some activity.