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According to the report, Chakravarty had met Rahul on 21 May, on the day of Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary, and had presented him a list of 184 potential winners of the Congress, along with their respective constituencies and projected margins. Praveen had assured Rahul Gandhi of securing 184 seats, even if turned out to be slightly inadequate, he had promised that Congress would not be less than 164.

Congress had also alleged earlier that he had conned the Congress party by presenting a bill of Rs 24 crores for his services and has not even provided the Congress with the hard disc of the data he had collected.

Reportedly, Chakravarty sent an email to the data analytics department of Congress detailing his reflections on how his shady data failed to give correct projections for Congress. Chakravarty washes his hands off the poll debacle and says how there is nothing much we (data analytics department) could have done. The mail reportedly did not mention the failure of Shakti app, Congress’ data app, from trying to read the Modi wave in the second term.

As per a party functionary, about 30-40% data in an earlier variation of Shakti app was fake in Karnataka, where it was launched before the May 2018 state assembly elections. Three months later, when Shakti app was launched, the focus was on the volume of data collected. A competition was also held where the one who collected most data would get to meet the party President Rahul Gandhi. Without checks in place, more fake data was collected. As per the report, about 50-70% of the data collected through Shakti app was fake.

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In fact, the report had suggested, without naming any senior functionary within the Congress, that Chakravarty fed the Rafale controversy into Rahul Gandhi’s head but a lot of senior leaders didn’t really follow the Rafale bogey Rahul was riding on.

Chakravarty was the founding trustee of the dubious database with faulty ‘fact-checker’ had also stated that the BJP victory in 2014 was a ‘black swan’ which could not be repeated. His analysis and data were found to be inconsistent with the reality as the BJP not only repeated it but even managed to outdo itself in terms of voter share. The ‘black swan’ managed to get almost 50% vote share, way above the 31% it got in 2014.

Congress seems to be desperate to shield the crowned prince and insist that the reason for defeat rests on someone else’s shoulder. After the string of mistakes that led to the 2019 debacle, Rahul Gandhi is now planning a nation-wide stir against EVMs.

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Congress gets a new data analytics department

Excited to announce a “Data Analytics” dept under the leadership of Praveen Chakravarty to effectively use “Big Data”. pic.twitter.com/hvOBVZILlk. — Office of RG … The person who will head the functions of the data analytics department as Chairman for Congress will be Mr. Praveen Chakravarty.

Congress has recently been revamping many of its departments. Among one of them is the Party’s computer cell. The computer cell has now been turned into the ‘data analytics’ department. The announcement of this change was made on 5th February by Rahul Gandhi.

Excited to announce a “Data Analytics” dept under the leadership of Praveen Chakravarty to effectively use “Big Data”. pic.twitter.com/hvOBVZILlk

— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 5, 2018

The new data analytics department

This new department will join the different cells like the All India Professionals’ Congress, the Unorganised Workers’ Congress, among others. This is a huge step ahead for Congress and embracing change. The person who will head the functions of the data analytics department as Chairman for Congress will be Mr. Praveen Chakravarty. The previous head of the computer cell was Viswajit Singh, who belonged to the Kapurthala royal family who died last year.

Praveen Chakravarty was previously an investment banker and an Angel investor. He has worked with Congress before in 2010, with the Unique Identification Authority of India. Chakravarty has previous experience working with huge companies like IBM and Microsoft. He has also worked with a number of start-ups.

Although this may seem like an innocent change of name, it signifies that the road to the Lok Sabha elections is being paved. Congress’ approach and method might shift to get the edge over BJP. This change in direction depends on how Congress uses its tools at hand. BJP has also used big data in the past and over time big data has become quite important to Indian politics. Big data will also influence the party’s decision-making. These changes to the functioning of the party will definitely prove to be useful. Amongst all the criticism that Congress has garnered and the backlash it still continues to receive this is one ray of sunlight. But one must ask if these changes are long overdue and why did it take Congres this long?

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Rahul Gandhi ‘excited’, takes this ‘Big Data’ step to boost Congress; has Nandan Nilekani link

He wrote, “Excited to announce a “Data Analytics” dept under the leadership of Praveen Chakravarty to effectively use “Big Data”” and also shared a picture of the two in the same post. The party, after the appointment, released an official statement saying that Congress President Rahul Gandhi on …
Rahul Gandhi with Praveen Chakravarty (Twitter).

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday appointed Economist Praveen Chakravarty as the head of the party’s ‘Data Analytics’ department. Gandhi announced the appointment of Chakravarty on Twitter. He wrote, “Excited to announce a “Data Analytics” dept under the leadership of Praveen Chakravarty to effectively use “Big Data”” and also shared a picture of the two in the same post. The party, after the appointment, released an official statement saying that Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday rechristened the party’s computer cell as Data Analytics Department and appointed Praveen Chakravarty as its chairman with immediate effect. Big Data and analytics plays a major role in political campaigning, which has been recognised across the world. The appointment of Chakravarty is being seen as Rahul Gandhi’s move to put more emphasis on data insights.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, Chakravarty is a former investment banker and angel investor. He had, in order to work under Nandan Nilekani in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), quit BNP Paribas Securities. Currently the newly appointed Congress Data Analytics chief is a political economist and Resident Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute.

Excited to announce a “Data Analytics” dept under the leadership of Praveen Chakravarty to effectively use “Big Data”. pic.twitter.com/hvOBVZILlk

— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 5, 2018

Praveen Chakravarty, who is a graduate from BITS, Pilani and Wharton Business School, while talking about taking up the new position said, “I am a strong believer in the utility of data and the Congress president shares his conviction. It is a new and exciting step for me and I hope I will be able to make a positive difference.”

Reportedly, the department was earlier headed by Vishwajit Singh, a scion of the Kapurthala royal family, who died last year. This move by Rahul Gandhi comes after he revamped several other party department in the recent past along with setting up some new ones after taking the position of Congress President.

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Congress Bets Big On Data, Announces New Analytics Department

On their way to getting ready to change Indian politics, the Congress party announced on Monday that their computer department had been renamed as ‘Data Analytics Department’. Praveen Chakravarty, former investment banker, angel investor and a political economist, has been nominated the …

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— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 5, 2018

Chakravarty is an alumni of BITS, Pilani and has an MBA frowm Wharton. He has worked with companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Thomas Weisel and BNP Paribas. He was also the founding board member of InMobi, mSwipe, VCCircle and many such successful startups. Interestingly, he has also worked with Nandan Nilakeni on the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) or the Aadhaar project.

Before the Data Analytics Department, Congress party has launched other new wings such as the All India Professionals’ Congress, the Unorganised Workers’ Congress and the All India Fishermen Congress, among others.

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Announcement regarding the Data Analytics Department pic.twitter.com/OtrzUVXEd2

— INC Sandesh (@INCSandesh) February 5, 2018

Taking Chakravarty on board seems a deliberate choice, because of his strong economics background. Many reports have suggested that this indicates that the “grand old party” is likely to focus on economy in the run-up to 2019 general elections. Chakravarty’s Twitter timeline, for example, is full of examples about discrepancies in data, economic details and insights derived from data analysis.

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In September 2017, Gandhi had visited the US to meet noted personalities in the AI and analytics fields. He was to meet several think-tanks from Silicon Valley at the San Francisco Bay and discuss future technologies.

Interestingly Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had invested a huge chunk of money as well as manpower on technology, social media, data analysis and marketing during the runup to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Arvind Gupta, who had led the IT team for BHP before the last elections, had used technology and data to communicate and to convert people into volunteers and volunteers into voters. He even ran a campaign internally called ‘Organise online for success offline’. Like any company, the BJP IT cell used data to understand trends, pick markets correctly and run the campaign.


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    Congress renames computer cell as Data Analytics Dept.

    … as the Data Analytics Department and appointed former investment banker Praveen Chakravarty as its head. Tagging a photo of Mr. Chakravarty and him, Mr. Gandhi tweeted, “Excited to announce a ‘Data Analytics‘ department under the leadership of Praveen Chakravarty to effectively use ‘Big Data‘.”.

    Signalling that the Congress party is getting ready to change the way it functions, Congress president Rahul Gandhi renamed the the party’s computer cell as the Data Analytics Department and appointed former investment banker Praveen Chakravarty as its head.

    Tagging a photo of Mr. Chakravarty and him, Mr. Gandhi tweeted, “Excited to announce a ‘Data Analytics’ department under the leadership of Praveen Chakravarty to effectively use ‘Big Data’.”

    Focus on economy

    The department of Data Analytics is the latest addition to the Congress party’s new wings, which include the All India Professionals’ Congress, the Unorganised Workers’ Congress and the All India Fishermen Congress.

    The choice of Mr. Chakravarty, a former investment banker and angel investor, could indicate that the Congress is likely to focus on the economy in the run-up to 2019. His Twitter timeline, for example, has an analysis of the latest Economic Survey where his data mining showed “nearly 90% of all organised sector ‘formal’ employees earn less than ₹15,000 a month.”

    Rajathan polls

    On February 1, he asserted that his data analysis of the by-election results in Rajasthan show that people don’t vote differently in State and Lok Sabha polls. “They either like a party or they don’t,” he said.

    The Congress president, in fact, met the newly-elected lawmakers of his party from the State, two of whom took oath as members of the Lok Sabha before it was adjourned for the day.

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