Ahead of the Delhi Assembly Elections, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has roped in political advocacy group Indian Political Action Committee or I-PAC to help the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) repeat its blockbuster performance. In the 2015 elections, the Kejriwal-led party had won 67 seats in the 70-member assembly.
The Delhi chief minister announced the association on Twitter this morning.
Happy to share that @indianpac is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 14, 2019
The I-PAC responded with a “happy to join” tweet.
— I-PAC (@IndianPAC) December 14, 2019
The group was started by political strategist Prashant Kishor as Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG) in 2013, a year before the 2014 general elections.
From managing Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial campaign, that included the popular Chai pe Charcha discussions, and ensuring Nitish Kumar’s walk to the Bihar chief minister’s office to the most recent win of YS Jaganmohan Reddy against N Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh, the group has a string of successful projects in its kitty.
The I-PAC is currently drawing up a plan for the return of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls.
The Kejriwal government will complete five years on February 14 and the elections have to be held before that.
The Election Commission is expected to announce the dates for the Delhi Assembly elections after the counting of votes in Jharkhand on December 23.
According to sources, the election schedule for the Delhi polls could be announced by January 10. The Model Code of Conduct would come in place simultaneously with the announcement.
The Aam Aadmi Party government is already in full election mode and the recent announcement of 11,000 WiFi hotspots by December 16 is among the party’s big poll promises.