The high-profile poll strategist Prashant Kishore will be away from 2019 poll campaign. He said he would not campaign for anyone in the 2019 elections as he wants to go back to the grassroots. Stating that he had worked enough with the leaders, he said that he would now like to go to grassroots and work with people. He also denied media reports that he is joining politics.
Interacting with students of Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad last evening, he said that he has been planning to leave this area since last two years. But, he said before going away form poll stretagies, he was making efforts to keep his organisation Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) in safe hands.
Speaking publicly first time after 2014 polls, when he played key role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign, which brought him into the limelight, the 41-year-old former UN official said he want to go back to grassroots either in Gujarat, where he worked first time on poll issues for Narendra Modi or his home state or Bihar.
However, he did not elaborate on his future plans. He said that he has never met Modi after he left Prime Minister’s Office in March 2015 till last year when the Prime Minister called him when his mother was on deathbed. Since then he had been meeting and talking to Modi. He, however, ruled out working with him again.
After 2014 polls, his contribution for return of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was also get him good recognisation. However, later his association with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for Uttar Pradesh elections failed to yield much dividends. But, he claimed that they could get results more than expectation in UP. He had also took up the assignment with YSR Congress party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, as he had made a commitment earlier.
However, he said that Modi, Nitish and Amarinder Singh did not hire him and that money was the last criteria. He denied reports that he or his organization received huge money for working with different parties. “Money would have been last criteria to make us move from one side to other,” he added. Prashant said Congress did not approach them but they wanted to work for it in Punjab to settle scores with Aam Admi Party (AAP) as the latter’s poll strategy in Delhi was termed as better than his team’s efforts in Grand Alliance’s victory in Bihar.