In a surprising turn of events, the Congress party, against early expectations, is poised to clinch a magnanimous victory in Telangana, marking a significant shift since its formation in 2014.
The journey towards this triumph was far from assured, with the party facing internal divisions and uncertainties at the beginning of the year.
The tide began to turn with Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which garnered unexpected support in Telangana, sparking renewed hope within the party.
Two unsung heroes emerged as architects of the Congress victory – Manickam Tagore and the elusive strategist Sunil Kanugolu.
Manickam Tagore, standing firmly behind the leadership of A Revanth Reddy, played a pivotal role in rallying the divided house. The Congress high command’s endorsement of Revanth, coupled with Tagore’s intervention, signaled a unified front, dispelling internal dissent.
Tagore was the one who backed Revanth Reddy’s compelling oratory skills, infused with a relatable Telangana dialect that resonated with the masses, turning him into a sought-after campaigner with pan-Telangana appeal.
Behind the scenes, Sunil Kanugolu, known for his low-profile style, emerged as a strategic mastermind. His success in Karnataka’s elections showcased his capabilities, and in Telangana, he navigated the party’s revival with precision.
Kanugolu’s strategic brilliance included limiting BJP’s influence, persuading key players to withdraw from the contest, and orchestrating a direct face-off with KCR.
Despite facing personal attacks and police scrutiny, Kanugolu’s resilience and focus on setting the narrative against KCR proved decisive.
Kanugolu’s success in Karnataka and now Telangana underscores the importance of aligning state leadership with strategic brilliance.
As Congress celebrates this triumph, Kanugolu’s influence within the party becomes indispensable, emphasizing that adapting to new-age voter dynamics is essential for sustained success.